Conferences and Meetings
Annual Conference: Each year TAG hosts an annual conference targeted to staff responsible for managing technology in foundations. This includes non-technical staff such as financial, communications and grants management professionals as well as technology staff, making it a unique educational opportunity to learn how peer foundations utilize technology systems. Conference attendees from TAG member organizations pay $200 less than those from non-member organizations. The 2013 Annual Conference will be held November 11th - 14th in Austin, TX.
Regional Meetings: For 2013, TAG will host regional meetings in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Midwest. There are three regional lunch meetings in New York City and San Francisco for TAG members in those areas. There are one to two lunch meetings per year in the Losa Angeles area and one half-day meeting in the Midwest per year.
Community Foundation Meetings: TAG hosts a webinar for Community Foundation staff in late Spring/early Summer and an in-person meeting prior to the start of the Annual Conference.
The TAG website has hundreds of documents about best practices in foundation technology management and information about nonprofit sector technology. Click here to view Resource Library documents. The site also contains an active discussion forum, members blog, database of foundation members, their organizations and' technology hardware and software systems. Click here for a directory search to view member profiles.
Foundation-Wide Technology Survey
About every other year, TAG conducts a foundation-wide Grantmakers Information Technology Survey. A copy of the full survey report can be found on TAG's web site. TAG members who participate in the survey can also run their own reports comparing their responses to the survey to those of their peers using an online benchmarking tool and they can view the software in use at other foundations.
The most recent survey was conducted in July 2012.
Foundation-Specific Software Reports
TAG recently engaged Idealware to research and write a report on Foundations' Use of Dashboards. TAG has also partnered with the Grants Managers Network to commission Idealware to research and write reports on software specific to the Foundation Sector, including the Consumers Guide to Grants Management Software and a report about online grant application systems.
TAG Mini-Surveys and Moderated Discussions
TAG conducts min-surveys on topics of particular interest to TAG members. The survey results are shared in a moderated discussion format, where TAG members share their experiences and lessons learned.
TAG provides its members with bi-monthly webinars via Idealware on topics relevant to nonprofit technology. The content is focused on the application of the technology rather than pure technical education.
Foundation members are eligible for the Microsoft Open Charity Program administered by TechSoup as well as discounted hardware and software from many other vendors. TAG members also receive discounted pricing for the Gartner Symposium and can attend all COF conferences at the COF member rate, even if you are not a COF member. Click here for all discount program details.
Gartner Research, Webinars and Conference Discounts
Through its relationship with Gartner, TAG members have the following benefits:
- Gartner hosts technical education webinars bi-monthly
- TAG members have direct access to Gartner research at www.gartner.com.
- TAG members get discounts on Gartner conferences.
Details are as follows:
TAG members can search Gartner's Web site for the research notes, white papers, etc. that you are interested in and then have them sent to you via email at no cost. Gartner is one of the leading information technology research companies and this benefit would literally cost thousands of dollars if you were to have this benefit on your own. You can access Gartner research as follows:
Individual TAG members are responsible for identifying the note number of the research document they wish to receive. TAG members identify the note number by searching the contents of Gartner's web site, www.gartner.com
When you find the research you are looking for, you will see an option to purchase the document. Instead of purchasing the document, write down the note number and then go to the Resources page on TAG's web site to request the document(s).
- From the Left Hand Side navigation, Select Resources - Request Gartner Reports and complete the request form.
- Research will be provided only to TAG members, with a limit of five documents per month for foundation members and two documents per month for affiliate members.
TAG hosts bi-monthly webinars. The topics for the calls are relevant technology systems and trends. These sessions are very informative, educational and technical in nature. Calls generally take place on the first Thursday of every other month at 1:30 pm eastern time.
TAG members also can attend Gartner conferences at reduced prices.
If you have any questions, please contact TAG's Executive Director, Lisa Pool, email@example.com.