The Challenges Grantmakers Face in Supporting Technology

Can grants managers play a role in helping nonprofits get the technology funding they need to be successful? I led a discussion on this topic yesterday at the PEAK Grantmaking (formerly Grants Managers Network) conference in Hollywood, California. The breakout session, "How To Spot the Missing Tech ...
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How Can Funders Assess Nonprofit Readiness for Tech Projects?

In a previous blog post I asserted that, for grantmakers, understanding technology well enough to make good funding decisions is important—and there are resources available to help.
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Investing in Infrastructure: What Holds Foundations Back From Funding Technology?

Today 1400 foundations received a letter from 22 organizations that support nonprofit infrastructure. The letter urges those foundations to commit to directing at least 1% of their grantmaking budgets to support the infrastructure upon which the nonprofit sector is built. I believe that the ...
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Lessons from Foundations on Technology Capacity Building

Idealware has written extensively about funding technology projects—see A Funders Guide to Supporting Technology and Funding Technology Projects for proof of that. Technology in and of itself won’t save lives or end world hunger, but the right technology can build an organization’s overall ...
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Funding Technology Capacity: Resources and Further Reading

How can foundations support technology capacity building at nonprofits? The following resources should provide an overview of why you should think about supporting capacity building and what foundations are already doing to encourage nonprofits to think about their technology resources.
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