Inside Foundant – the Blog

Notes from a Young Foundation

When friends in our small town ask what I’ve been doing lately, it’s hard to know where to begin. I work for a brand-new, 60 year old foundation. The roots of the Fauquier Health Foundation stretch to the 1950s. That makes us one of the older charitable organizations in this largely rural community near the foot of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Begun through the efforts …     Continue Reading »

Moving Forward

This year our organization took a step forward in its grantmaking practices by implementing the use of electronic grant agreements. I’d heard about electronic grant agreements at Grant Managers Network conferences and through discussions on GMN’s online community. Having successfully transitioned to online grantmaking in 2011 via Foundant Technologies, I felt confident in being able to implement this change and that our grant partners would …     Continue Reading »

Learning to Simplify

By Bridget Wilkinson With each new career pursued in a lifetime, there is usually a steep learning curve. Last September, I was hired as the first Foundation Manager of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation (BACF). The BACF was formed in 2003 to serve both donors and nonprofits in the Bozeman area. BACF strives to nurture a culture of philanthropy by building and stewarding permanent community …     Continue Reading »

The Next Big Thing

There is a lot of talk, across many diverse industries, about “big data.” But what does that really mean? It’s really nothing more than what it sounds like, data – and a lot of it. The real value is in the information and insight it can provide, if it is used properly. The philanthropic community has accumulated massive amounts of data over time and, while …     Continue Reading »

Continuous improvement … continuous improvement … continuous improvement … And 500 customers!

I’m not sure if I’ve used an exclamation point in a post before, but it’s definitely exciting to realize we’re approaching our 500th customer. From where I sit, though, what’s even more exciting is the value we are able to deliver to existing customers, to new customers, and to our internal teams. And I believe we are continuing to deliver more value, quicker than ever …     Continue Reading »