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Technology Management Survey Launches Today!

Don't miss this important new TAG survey focused on technology management which looks at how foundations are managing the technology function, including what services are managed in-house versus outsourced and what applications are being hosted on-premise versus in the cloud.

The survey launches today; detailed survey results will be available to participants in early July. A summary of some of the data will be available to non-participants later.


Join TAG's LinkedIn Group

TAG has launched a new TAG LinkedIn group. If you're a LinkedIn user, join today to grow your professional network and get connected to TAG's thriving community.
We'll use the group to promote what's happening at TAG and in the sector. Non-members are welcome to join the LinkedIn group.


TAG Releases A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems 

The 2016 report released by TAG and Grants Managers Network (GMN), with research conducted by Idealware, compares 29 grants management systems across 174 requirements criteria, looks at what each system does, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of each system available to grantmakers.

The report was updated May 27th.

Read more and download the updated version.


How to Add More TAG Members from Your Organization

TAG membership is by organization so there is no limit to how many staff from your organization can participate in TAG's activities and TAG access resources.

  1. The Foundation Primary Contact must log into the TAG website.
  2. Go to My Profile - Manage Profile - Sub-Accounts
  3. Enter the email address of any staff member in the Invite New Member field and click Send Invite.

Please email Lisa Pool with the names of anyone in your organization that should be removed.


Interesting Reading

Foundation Transparency: Game Over?

Read about a new and thought-provoking blog post from Brad Smith of the Foundation Center on Transparency Talk about the way that open, machine-readable 990PFs will shake up the foundation world. Read more >


GuideStar Launches Tool for Nonprofits to Emphasize Their Progress and Results

GuideStar announced the launch of GuideStar Platinum, a free tool enabling nonprofits to share quantitative measures of their progress and results. The collection and distribution of Platinum metrics through GuideStar's network of hundreds of websites and applications will be the first-of-its-kind, sector-wide effort to share hard data about their programs. Read more >


How Information Graphics Reveal Your Brain's Blind Spots

Chances are, you probably think your mind works pretty well. It might lead you astray now and then, but usually it helps you make good decisions and remember things reliably. At the very least, you're probably confident that it doesn't change depending on the time of day or what you had to eat.

But you'd be wrong. Our brains fool us all the time. And we typically have no idea that it's happening.

Let's look at some of the wacky things our minds make us think and do. And then we'll examine how graphics, including charts, interactives and other visual tools, can help show us our mind's shortcomings. Ream more >


Advice from Nonprofit Leaders on Budgeting for Technology

For any organization budgeting for technology should be for more than just hardware replacements. A technology budget can help pave the way for the adoption of new practices and innovative strategies to meet your mission.

Tech Impact spoke to a few nonprofit leaders to understand how they work technology into their budgets and why they do it. From these conversations, a few key points were discussed. Learn more about budgeting for technology for your nonprofit organization. Read more >

events & more


TAG Webinars

Technology Effectiveness Assessments

Wednesday, June 15th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Knight Foundation: Using Salesforce to Improve Communications and Operations

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

MacArthur Foundation: Strategic Planning - Save the Date

Thursday, August 18th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT


Vendor Webinars

Strategic Grantmaking Evolved: Predicting Outcomes with Machine Learning

Thursday, June 9th
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

How Best-in-Class CRM Transforms the Way You Manage Grants and More

Tuesday, June 28th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Building Stronger Knowledge Networks Using Social Collaboration Tools

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

Microsoft Azure vs. AWS

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


Regional Meetings

New York City Regional Meeting

Thursday, June 16th
12:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

Los Angeles Regional Meeting

Wednesday, June 22nd
12:00 - 2:00 pm PDT

Midwest Regional Meeting

Wednesday, June 22nd
10:00 - 2:00 pm CDT

San Francisco Regional Meeting

Monday, June 27th
12:00 - 2:00 pm PDT


What We're Discussing

Many thanks to everyone for posting and replying to messages. Let's keep the discussions going!


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