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TAG, GMN & Idealware will release the updated A Consumers Guide to Grants Management Software late next week.


Don't Miss TAG's Summer Regional Meetings!

These meetings are a great way to learn about technologies relevant to foundations and get to know your local colleagues, who can refer local vendors, etc.  

Washington, DC

Tuesday, May, 17th
12:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

New York City

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

Los Angeles

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

Midwest

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

San Francisco

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


TAG Publicly Releases A Consumers Guide to Board Portals

TAG and Idealware have publicly released A Consumers Guide to Board Portals, previously only available to TAG members for the first year. The report documents the features and functions of board portal software and compares the strengths and weaknesses of the six most relevant board portal software systems for foundations based on 12 high-level categories and 89 specific criteria. Download Report.


TAG's New LinkedIn Group

TAG has outgrown our Facebook presence and will soon launch a new TAG LinkedIn group. This strategic change will provide your LinkedIn profile with a connection to a thriving community and help to grow your professional network.

Watch for more information and the launch soon!


TAG 2016 Update

The theme for this year's TAG conference is Impact: Collectively Changing Communities. The Agenda Committee is working on the breakout sessions and plenaries and will have a final Agenda ready by late June.  

The TAG conference is an excellent combination of learning about technology in philanthropy, building the TAG community and networking - plus opportunities to meet with your vendors.

Registration will open in July. Click here to learn more.


Interesting Reading

Quickly and Automatically Find Similar Rows in a Spreadsheet or Database

In today’s world of big data, there’s never been more information available to work with. Unfortunately, all this data is hard to use, especially if it’s been entered by hand or comes from different systems. The simple task of figuring out who is who in a spreadsheet or database can be a daunting, time-consuming task. More

Models and Components of a Great Nonprofit Dashboard [video]

Dashboards are enormously useful for keeping strategic goals in play. So, how do you create an effective dashboard? Financial-management expert Hilda Polanco guides readers through a step-by-step process, using real-life examples from a variety of nonprofits. More

Is Social Media a Time-Waster for Nonprofits?

While we have written about the variety of different ways nonprofits may use social media to further their social cause or mission, we have also written about its limitations as a fundraising and marketing tool. Since the inception of brand pages on major social sites and apps, nonprofits have viewed social media as a great platform for outreach. Many consider the operation of a social media page to be cost-free. However, Matt Collins, a director at a London-based digital marketing agency, wrote last week that charities tend to waste time and money at platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, stating that social media is not always “the best tool we have." If nonprofits on a budget are looking to effectively invest their time and money into harnessing social media, they may want to look into the facts and figures of each platform first. More

events & more


TAG Webinars

Comparing the New Options in Grants Management Systems

Thursday, May 5th
3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

How to Prepare for an IT Security Assessment

Thursday, May 26th
2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT

Technology Effectiveness Assessments

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

Vendor Webinars

Enabling Better Decision Making and Data Transparency with Tableau Dashboard

Thursday, May 12th
1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT

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


What We're Discussing

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