TAG Announces Release of Report on How Foundation's Create and Use Dashboards
Download the full report: Data at Foundation's Fingertip: Creating and Building Dashboards
TAG commissioned Idealware to produce a report on how foundations use dashboards, which includes 8 case studies that look at the overall purpose of the dashboard, what data is included, the process for developing the dashboard and how it was implemented.
The report combines insights from conversations with 10 different foundations including previous research on methods for thinking about data-based decision making to offer a step-by-step process to design and create your own dashboard. To help you learn from the experiences of those foundations that have gone before you, we also include eight detailed case studies of foundations that have created their own dashboards.
Download the 2012 Grantmakers Information Technology Report or the Executive Summary.
- Most foundations feel their grants management software meets the majority of their grantmaking process needs. However, only 14% described their process as "entirely paperless".
- The role of the IT staff person is becoming more strategic but only about a third of foundation executives totally understand the benefits of technology.
- Outsourcing has increased only marginally while software as a service has shown steady growth.
Survey participants can run standard reports or create their own customized data reports using the online survey tool.
TAG Announces Release of Consumers' Guide to Integrated Software for Community Foundations
January 27, 2012
The Consumers' Guide to Integrated Software for Community Foundations looks at the features and processes used by five different integrated software solutions to help community foundations manage funds,track grants throughout their life cycles, solicit donations, provide online support for donor advised funds, and track accounting data.
It compares the strengths and weaknesses of five different integrated grants management packages, showing how they stack up against 18 high level categories, and then detailing the functionality of each for more than 130 specific critieria that are important to community foundations. The report features a description of the features that are generally available, summaries of the five systems, a comparison chart, and then detailed reviews of each system.
Products reviewed include Bromelkamp Community Pearl, ChesterCAP Dotche, FusionLabs GrantedGE, MicroEdge FIMS, and Stellar Technology Solutions iPhi Suite.
This report is a complementary report to the Consumers' Guide to Grants Management Software dated October 2011. Both reports were written by Idealware and funded by the Technology Affinity Group and the Grants Managers Network, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Mott Foundation.
TAG Announces Release of Updated Consumers Guide to Grants Management Systems
October 1, 2011
Funded by the Technology Affinity Group and the Grants Managers Network, this new report from Idealware compares 20 grants management software products, describing the core strengths and weaknesses of each system, showing how they stack up against each other across a set of 17 different criteria, and detailing how each system addresses more than 125 different criteria.
The grants management software marketplace has never had a better set of options to support effective and efficient grantmaking, and this report helps grantmakers understand how all these options compare.
For more information, please see the full announcement.
You can download either the Full Report or an Executive Summary and Chart.
TAG Releases Addendum to Streamlining Online Grant Applications: A Review of Vendors
Download the Addendum to Streamlining Online Grant Applications: A Review of Vendors.
This report is an addendum to Streamlining Online Grant Applications: A review of Vendors. The original report was written by Idealware in conjunction with Project Streamline. Published in April 2010, the original report evaluated seven products against a set of features for online systems established in the Online Applications and Reporting Guide. The products evaluated included EasyGrants by Altum, eGrants by Bromelkamp, WebGrants by Dulles Technology Partners, Grant Lifecycle Manager by Foundant Technologies, IGAM by MicroEdge, PhilanTrack by PhilanTech and Common Grant Application by OceanPeak.
TAG funded the addendum in September 2010 to evaluate two more vendors: Foundation Grants Manager by NPower and GrantedGE by Fusion Labs. These two products are evaluated using the same criteria and compared to the seven products in the original report. Both are significant in the online application market and TAG felt it was important to include them in the report.