A Note from the Executive Director of TAG

Jun 5, 2023

Dear Members and Friends of the Technology Association of Grantmakers,

It is with mixed emotions that I share my planned departure as the Executive Director of TAG effective December 31, 2023. Nearly six years ago, I arrived as a new leader with a promise of Listening, Collaboration, and Inclusivity to strengthen the impact of TAG as an anchor institution in philanthropy. Today, I am proud to say we have delivered on these promises and more.

Chantal speaking

As TAG evolved into the Technology Association of Grantmakers, we have worked tirelessly to create partnerships and programs that have significantly impacted the world. Our Equity Essentials for Philanthropy Tech program, Emerging Leaders Initiative, and the biennial State of Philanthropy Tech survey are just a few examples of how we have advanced the use of technology in philanthropy. Read the full press release here

Moreover, our groundbreaking work on topics such as Grant Form Similarity, Impact Infrastructure, Cybersecurity Essentials, and Customer Experience have all helped to shape the conversation and drive change in our sector. I am honored to have built and served alongside an incredible team of professionals dedicated to the mission of TAG. I hope you know and feel how deeply Gozi, Hugo, and Tracie care about this community. They are mission-aligned and invested in TAG’s ongoing success.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to the TAG Board of Directors, especially the Board Chairs who have guided and supported me over the past five years, including Kris McDaid, Jim Rutt, Nicki Lodico, and Mark Walker. And to our longtime members, thank you for your unwavering commitment to TAG and its mission. I also want to thank the Transition Committee led by José Aron-Diaz for the deep intentionality, mutual care, and respect that have characterized this long-planned transition.

TAG has been the voice of technology in philanthropy for 17 years now. I have been honored to lead this remarkable community and serve its legacy. As I prepare to hand over the reins, I am fiercely optimistic about TAG’s future as a vital and trusted voice regarding the potential of technology and data to advance the charitable sector.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Executive Director. I look forward to staying connected (find me on LinkedIn) and seeing all that TAG will accomplish in the future.


Chantal E. Forster 
Executive Director, Technology Association of Grantmakers

P.S. I look forward to seeing you in Nashville this November to celebrate our work together and catalyze the future of TAG. Mark your calendars and learn more at tag2023.org.

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 tagtech.org.