Inside Foundant – the Blog

Crowdsourcing, Transparency, & Training: Using Webinars to Increase Accessibility & Accountability

I manage a newer grant program at the Ohio History Connection (formerly, the Ohio Historical Society), which is funded in a relatively novel way. The grant program is called the History Fund. It is supported by donations Ohioans make to the Ohio History Connection through their state tax returns. In 2013, if you were an Ohio taxpayer due to receive a state tax refund, you …     Continue Reading »

A Framework to Communicate Philanthropy

  (Jeannine Corey is director of grants information management at the Foundation Center. A version of this post also appears on the GuideStar blog and Philanthropy News Digest.) Language allows us to communicate complex ideas and acquire information using an agreed-on structure and process. Variations in language around the globe increase the level of effort needed to communicate with people across borders, but it’s not impossible if you …     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 »

Why is your browser so important?

Whether you are on your favorite website or working with GLM, knowing which browser you are using is important. First, let me take a step back for those who might not know what a browser is. A browser is the program you use to access the internet and there are several different browsers to choose from. If your computer uses Windows, you are probably familiar …     Continue Reading »

Negotiating your contracts with software vendors

From my previous blog on buying software, I highlighted the three most important questions you need to ask yourself before you begin to evaluate software (or any purchase). What did we actually NEED to run our organization better? What could we AFFORD to spend to gain these efficiencies? WHAT WERE OUR EXPECTATIONS if we purchased the new software?   These questions become the basis of …     Continue Reading »