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Simplify Update – Announcing Phase 2

Tuesday, March 31, 2015  

Simplify Update – Announcing Phase 2

We are excited to announce that we are moving into ‘phase 2’ of the Simplify initiative! Now that most of the major software vendors have agreed to or have already modified their software to accept data from GuideStar Exchange, TAG and GuideStar are going to each move in slightly different directions with respect to the Simplify initiative. TAG will be focusing on marketing the general Simplify initiative and will be talking to other organizations that have nonprofit data that could be included in the Simplify initiative to streamline the overall grantmaking process. GuideStar will focus on marketing and selling their specific API to streamline the grants application process.

  • The Simplify API is merging with the Exchange API and more data will be available through the API.  Due to the confusion around when to use the Simplify API versus the Exchange API and Charity Check API, GuideStar is merging the Simplify API with the Exchange API. Simplify users will now have access to more data fields, including diversity data, through the merged API. For foundations that have already implemented the Simplify API, GuideStar will work with you on a transition plan.

  • An Additional Pricing Model. GuideStar is adding an additional pricing model that gives vendors the option to purchase Simplify directly and build it into their core software system. This gives vendors more flexibility in how they implement the API into their software. GuideStar will continue to offer the current model where foundations pay GuideStar directly.

Remember – the purpose of Simplify is to streamline the grants application process so your grantees can spend less time on process and more time on purpose. Please consider implementing Simplify now to help us achieve the Simplify goal  of 100 funders using Simplify by the end of 2015 and 500 funders using Simplify by the end of 2016. Think how much time will be saved by nonprofits if everyone uses Simplify! Simplify now. Simplify for your grantees.

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The Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization that promotes the power of technology to advance the goals of the philanthropic sector.