Laura Quinn

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Best of the Web: September 2015

Data in Focus The nonprofit world is talking a lot about data—which is mostly a good thing. But as several of this month’s stories show, more data isn’t necessarily the answer. It’s important to put data in context—to think through what’s realistic, avoid prejudice, and display it honestly.
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What I Learned From Grantmakers About Funding Technology

Over the years, I’ve talked to a lot of foundations about funding grantee technology. But our recent three-part course How to Get Your Technology Project Funded: Tips from Grantmakers revealed more than a few interesting takeaways. Here are some of the insights from our panel of seven foundation ...
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Best of the Web: August 2015

The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions. Please forward it along to anyone you think might benefit from it.
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Defining Knowledge Management for Your Organization

Your nonprofit’s beginning may well be a lot like Idealware’s. For the first year or so, I wrote every article, researched every report, and conducted every conversation. There was no need to ensure that anyone else could use Idealware’s growing base of knowledge because I was the entire ...
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Best of the Web: June 2015

The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions. Please forward it along to anyone you think might benefit from it.
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Client Management Systems for After-School Programs

Here at Idealware, we've been spending a lot of time thinking about case and client management systems for all different sorts of organizations. It's a complicated market, with a whole bunch of different types of systems, often specialized to meet the needs of a particular niche of nonprofits.
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Buddha’s Advice On Program Measurement

Someday I’ll climb a Himalayan mountain to ask the monk there all of my questions about the universe, but I already know what he’ll say when I ask about program measurement. Let me save you the hike. There are two steps to effectively measure your programs and improve them based on performance:
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Bringing The Button Back

There's something enormously satisfying about pushing a button. You push and a light comes on or coffee starts dripping from a machine. A lot of children’s toys use buttons. Push this one and a giraffe pops up or you hear “The Wheels On the Bus.” The action is so simple and gratification is ...
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Welcome Karen Graham, Idealware's New Executive Director!

I'm thrilled to share some big news. Our Board of Directors has hired Idealware’s new Executive Director.
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Capitalizing on a Wealth of Data: The First Steps

This post was originally published on the Markets for Good blog. 
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