Inside Foundant – the Blog

Keep It Simple: Initiatives to Eliminate Busywork and Save Time

Most people agree that the traditional grant application process has been cumbersome and resource intensive for both grantmakers and the nonprofits seeking funds. Fortunately, based on self-awareness gained through honest and transparent conversations with grantees, many funders are rethinking their grant processes. Important initiatives like Project Streamline from Grants Managers Network (GMN) are providing further guidance and a framework of simple steps to make the …     Continue Reading »

Should Grantmakers Move Online?

Online Grants and Scholarship Management vs. Online Applications Have you been considering online options for your grantmaking? If you answered “yes,” then you’re probably aware of all the options that are available. Everything from simple Google forms and spreadsheets to huge installed systems with all the “bells and whistles.” And all the information might seem overwhelming if you’re not sure of exactly what you need. The …     Continue Reading »

Smart Management: The Innovation the Grantmaking Process Needs

Originally posted on Glasspockets February 17, 2016. (Beth Simone Noveck is director of the Governance Lab and a former U.S. deputy chief technology officer.  Andrew Young is associate director of research for the Governance Lab.  A version of this blog post first appeared in Governing.)        The way governments and many philanthropic institutions give out money to solve problems is stuck in the past. …     Continue Reading »

Building Relationships in an IT World

Over the last year Foundant has had the joy of growing our client base, but with client growth comes the need for more employees to support those great clients. Last year we outgrew our location and had to split into two buildings while our new location was under construction. Being in two buildings created a whole new level of IT needs. So, what do you …     Continue Reading »

What the heck is “The Cloud?”

By Chris Dahl, Foundant VP of Technology If “The Cloud” is confusing to you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The concept of our work, our pictures, and our data floating around in a misty cotton ball somewhere is confusing to many people and, to some, it’s downright scary. But it doesn’t have to be. I came across a post on Mashable recently that gave some …     Continue Reading »