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TAG 2016 Registration Opens July 15

The TAG 2016 Annual Conference will be held at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, FL November 14th-17th. This year's theme is Impact: Collectively Changing Communities.

Start making your travel plans! Registration will open July 15th.

Visit the TAG 2016 Information page for ongoing updates and preview the exciting agenda.

Technology Management Survey Results

99 foundations completed TAG's recent mini-survey about technology management. Survey results have been emailed to survey participants. If you participated and didn't receive the results, please contact Lisa Pool.  

A partial summary of the survey results will be shared with all TAG members later. Some of the highlights include:

  • Executives are supportive but not knowledgeable about IT
  • Financial systems, file storage & Office suites are still primarily on-premise while most other software has moved to the cloud
  • The majority of foundations are very satisfied with their cloud systems

TAG Board Nominations

Each year the TAG Board elects a new 'class' of board members to guide TAG and represent the interests and needs of its members. We are seeking members to serve for 2017-2019.

Are you interested in the challenge, or do you know a TAG colleague who would be interested in serving on the TAG Board?

Candidates will be reviewed by the Board Nominating Committee, who will make a recommendation to the Board. The full Board will elect new members prior to the Annual Board meeting in November.

Please send nominations to Lisa Pool by July 29, 2016.


Foundant Technologies’ Integration with Simplify for Grant Applications 

Online grant applications just got simpler with Foundant Technologies' integration with GuideStar for Grant Applications. Read Foundant President, Daren Nordhagen's take on it here.

Interesting Reading

The Pros and Cons of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Your staff wants to use their own phones and tablets for work, arguing that it will boost productivity and reduce costs. Let them use the devices they want and they'll be happier and more efficient. They already carry their own phones everywhere and don’t want to have to carry another or settle for the slow, outdated models provided by the organization. There’s also cost savings, since you don’t have to assume the purchase and replacement expense for hardware provided by staff. Read more >

Nonprofit’s Cloud Migrations Boost Business Agility

The Muscular Dystrophy Association has jettisoned several manual business processes and legacy technologies in favor of cloud software as the nonprofit organization seeks greater operational efficiencies at a lower cost. The IT modernization, which includes email, CRM, human resources and several other business functions, has galvanized the organization's nearly 800 employees. Read more >

events & more

TAG Webinars

Knight Foundation: Using Salesforce to Improve Communications and Operations

Thursday, July 28th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

MacArthur Foundation: Strategic Planning

Thursday, August 25th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Vendor Webinars

Building Stronger Knowledge Networks Using Social Collaboration Tools with Atascadero Partners

Thursday, July 14th
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Microsoft Azure vs. AWS with American Technology Services

Thursday, August 11th
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

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