SmartSimple Blog

How to Successfully Automate your Granting Process

Posted by SmartSimple Software on May 13, 2022 9:34:23 AM


Imagine two grantmaking organizations, A and B. They each need to buy software to manage their contact relationships, operations, and finances, but they go about it very differently. Grantmaker A buys a technology suite from a single vendor, and uses it for everything. Grantmaker B, on the other hand, buys a specific solution for each function from different vendors, and then integrates them all.

Topics: Integration, SmartSimple Cloud platform, Automation, Workflow

SmartSimple Cloud becomes the first platform to offer Gaeilge (Irish) as a baseline language

Posted by SmartSimple Software on Feb 1, 2022 3:29:36 PM

Ireland is an important market for us, with a growing, flourishing user community. It’s also where SmartSimple’s co-founder Mike is from and where our EMEA operations are based. We were delighted to hear the EU’s inclusion of Gaeilge as an official EU language earlier this month. This recognition from the EU is acknowledgement of Ireland’s importance and impact, both within the trade block and on the international stage.

Topics: SmartSimple Cloud platform, gaeilge, language, Irish

How to Successfully Manage Your Three Ring Tech Circus

Posted by SmartSimple Software on Apr 1, 2021 1:21:37 PM


Imagine two grantmaking organizations, A and B. They each need to buy software to manage their contact relationships, operations, and finances, but they go about it very differently. Grantmaker A buys a technology suite from a single vendor, and uses it for everything. Grantmaker B, on the other hand, buys a specific solution for each function from different vendors, and then integrates them all.

Both approaches can be successfully implemented if done right, but organizations of all sizes are increasingly adopting the “best-of-breed” model in order to maximize their productivity and impact. With best-of-breed, you select the best solutions to solve each of your organization’s functional challenges and integrate them together where needed.

The upside to the best-of-breed approach is clear enough. That is, its intent is to leverage the best technologies to manage each functional need with the idea that if you’re using the best, you get the best results. Of course, in practice that isn’t always the case. There are a million and one cases of organizations that have cobbled together multiple technologies only to end up with a Frankenstein-looking tech stack where technologies can’t fit together well because there’s incongruent flow of data between the various technologies.

Topics: Integration, SmartSimple Cloud platform

From the COO's Desk: Drag and Drop Forms, Really?

Posted by SmartSimple Software on Mar 10, 2021 11:54:11 AM

Photo by Glenn Carstens

Originally written and published by SmartSimple Software COO & Co-Founder, Michael Reid, in his blog 'Charlie In The Jungle', a journal of his thoughts on what technology is, how it works, and why it matters.


I recently saw a blog post by a competitor criticizing our platform due to the inability to add fields to forms using drag and drop. I'm not going to reciprocate and criticize their platform, as I'm sure it's a fine solution for some organizations (plus, I do believe that it's unprofessional to criticize anyone's work). However, let me explain exactly why our platform does not use drag and drop.

Topics: Grantmaking, SmartSimple Cloud platform

5 Things to Consider when Starting Your Impact Measurement Journey

Posted by David Goodman on Jun 25, 2020 10:05:47 AM

Topics: Reporting, Goal Tracker, SmartSimple Cloud platform, Panel Talk