TAG

For A Consumers’ Guide To Grants Management Software

  • Amount
    $20,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    7/23/2013
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    Project
Overview
This is the third time that the Foundation will have provided support for the Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems report. Because new software vendors enter the market every year and existing vendors change, it is important to update the report every two years. The 2013 report will be expanded to review thirty systems, an increase from the twenty-two reviewed in 2011. COLLABORATIONS AND OPPORTUNISTIC GRANTMAKING
About the Grantee
Grantee Website
www.tagtech.org 
Address
200 W. Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL, 60606, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the common grantee database and open data standard  
Today, nonprofits must repeatedly provide the same information to apply for grants from different funders. Previous efforts to address this problem have focused on creating a common grant application, an approach that has been slow to catch on, given funders’ differing approaches to grantmaking. This new project takes a different approach, creating a common repository of data about nonprofits and then using Web services to bring this information into foundations’ grants management systems. The project does not require foundations to agree on a common format for their proposals—instead they simply pull relevant data as needed. The project draws on existing nonprofit profiles on GuideStar Exchange, thereby minimizing additional effort on the part of nonprofits.
for a Consumers’ Guide to Grants Management Software  
This is the third time that the Foundation will have provided support for the Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Systems report. Because new software vendors enter the market every year and existing vendors change, it is important to update the report every two years. The 2013 report will be expanded to review thirty systems, an increase from the twenty-two reviewed in 2011. COLLABORATIONS AND OPPORTUNISTIC GRANTMAKING
for expanding the Simplify Initiative to increase adoption of data sharing tools among foundations  
As an affinity group for information technology, grants management, and communication staff at foundations across the U.S., Technology Affinity Group (TAG) aims to improve grantmaking by sharing relevant technology research, coordinating vendor and partner networks, and sharing benchmarking data. Through its Simplify Initiative, TAG is leveraging its networking power to educate technology leaders and increase awareness about data standards, projects, and tools that can help improve grantmaking efficiency and effectiveness. During the grant term, TAG will build an online knowledge center, conduct an awareness campaign, and provide direct outreach to grantmakers to educate and encourage them to adopt standards and tools they might not know about otherwise.

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