New Series Establishes Best Practices in Cybersecurity for Philanthropy

Apr 24, 2019

Designed to address the growing risk of cybersecurity breaches in philanthropy, the Technology Affinity Group (TAG) announces the launch of CyberSecurity Essentials for Philanthropya curriculum featuring webinars, whitepapers, and workshops in partnership with IT leaders throughout the social sector. Cybersecurity Essentials for Philanthropy aims to reduce risk and establish best practices throughout the sector in this yearlong educational series

“This series is vital,” says TAG Board President and Dana Foundation CIO Jim Rutt. “Our membership has been calling for a holistic cybersecurity program that provides a 360-degree view of security preparedness in philanthropy and also fills in knowledge gaps on particular tools and techniques. I’m grateful for leaders such as Oleg Bell from Open Society Foundations and John Mohr from the MacArthur Foundation who have stepped up to share their expertise in this series.”

Learn more about the 2019 series at

This series is funded in part through an award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President’s Grant Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Series contributors include:

  • Oleg Bell, Global Head of IT Security, Open Society Foundations
  • Charles Boname, Director of IT, Vancouver Foundation
  • Dan Callahan, Vice President of Global Services, CGNET
  • Karen Graham, Director of Capacity Building, TechImpact
  • Steve Jarboe, Senior Manager, Accenture Federal Systems
  • Christopher Jean-Pierre, IT Assistant, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Calvin Lewis, Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations, Cleveland Foundation
  • Jonathan Mergy, Director of IT, Tides
  • John Mohr, CIO, MacArthur Foundation
  • Ann Puckett, IT Manager, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Darlene Ott, Director of IT, The Winnipeg Foundation
  • Jim Rutt, CIO, Dana Foundation

About the Technology Association of Grantmakers

TAG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the strategic, innovative, and equitable use of technology in philanthropy to solve problems and improve lives. With over 2000 members in 300 foundations throughout North America and beyond, TAG is the voice of technology in the philanthropic sector, providing technology professionals, tech funders, and “accidental techies” with knowledge, networks, mentoring, and educational opportunities.

Since 2008, the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) has built a global community, conducted groundbreaking research, and become an advocate for investment in tech infrastructure throughout the charitable sector. For more information, visit