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    How the Walton Family Foundation Scaled Its Grantmaking System For The Future

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Aug 15, 2019 9:07:18 AM
    Photo by Ian Dooley

    Are you an organization with multiple independent departments? Do you ever wish you had a platform that houses all of them in one system while operating independently? In anticipation of their upcoming presentation at SmartSimple’s ELEVATE San Diego conference in October, we sat down with Sam Caplan, CIO and Deputy Director of Operations of the Walton Family Foundation, and Malcolm Klotz, Founder of Re-Solved, to learn more about their process of successfully building and uniting 12 different entities and multiple departments in one cohesive system.

    Topics: Elevate, Elevate San Diego, Foundation, Foundations, Malcolm Klotz, Grants Management System, Partnerships, Sam Caplan, SmartSimple, Walton Family Foundation

    Beyond Jargon: Defining Transparency In Philanthropy

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Dec 5, 2018 12:11:15 PM
    Photo by Helena Lopes

    In any given industry, there are go-to buzzwords that have importance but can lose their impact and fade into all-encompassing vagueness over time. In the world of philanthropy, “transparency" is fast becoming an omnipresent term that many philanthropic organizations use and aim to achieve. But what does transparency really mean for them? Whether philanthropic foundations want to be more transparent with their funding practices, funding strategies, impact reporting, or simply being honest, it all comes down to communication in every context — both internally and externally.

    Topics: Opinion, Community, Foundation, Guest Post, Philanthropy, SmartSimple, Transparency, Robins Foundation

    How The Grand Rapids Community Foundation Created A Versatile Grants Management Platform

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Jun 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM


    Topics: Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Client Story, Community, Foundation, Grand Rapids, Community Foundation, Grants Management System, SaaS, SmartSimple, Software