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    Should Donor-Advised Funds Be More Regulated?

    Posted by Stirling Myles on May 21, 2019 1:11:55 PM
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    Donor Advised Funds (also known as DAFs) are increasing in popularity and many foundations are jumping on board. Yet this method of giving is getting some criticism. While DAFs totaled more than 110 billion in 2017, some organizations are accumulating assets and holding onto them. There is criticism that donors and funding destinations can be anonymous, creating a less-than-transparent process and critics of donor-advised funds are suggesting that Congress should regulate DAFs and require a minimum payout.

    Topics: Video, Opinion, Community, DAFs, Donor Management, Nonprofit, Community Foundation, DAF, Donor Advised Funds, Fiscal Sponsorship, Interview, Kris Putnam-Walkerly, SmartSimple, SmartSimple Interview Session

    Here's What You Need To Know About Fiscal Sponsorship (Explained In 4 Minutes)

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Feb 26, 2019 9:38:10 AM

    In the first of our ongoing interview series discussing current and future trends of philanthropy, we sit down one-on-one with thought leaders to learn and share their relevant experiences from the field. We recently talked to Zia Maumenee, grants manager for Headwaters Foundation about fiscal sponsorship and its impact in the philanthropic world to gain her insight and expertise.

    Topics: Video, Opinion, Community, Montana, Nonprofit, Community Foundation, Fiscal Sponsorship, Headwaters Foundation, Grants Management, Interview, SmartSimple, SmartSimple Interview Session

    Learn About SmartSimple's Integrations [VIDEO]

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Feb 14, 2019 10:55:05 AM

    The way we work today, no one uses one tool, one system, or one application anymore. Life isn’t that simple. In the course of your every day team’s work, you need to verify charity statuses, research potential grantees’ backgrounds, send out documents for signatures, plus a host of other things that require you to access other systems or applications.

    Topics: Video, SmartSimple Direct, Demo, Integrations, Features, Grants Management, SmartSimple

    Learn About SmartSimple's Payment Scheduling Tool [VIDEO]

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Dec 21, 2018 9:18:28 AM

    The preparation, record keeping, and delivery of payment disbursements can be a very time consuming activity without the proper tools to help keep you organized, especially if you’re dealing with score of grantees all on different payment schedules with awards being drawn from multiple different funding sources. Don’t let administrative headaches drain you of your passion to do good.

    Topics: Solution, Tool, Video, Payment Scheduling, SmartSimple Direct, Demo, Payment, Integration, Grants Management, SmartSimple

    Learn About SmartSimple's Panel Committee Review Tool [VIDEO]

    Posted by Stirling Myles on Dec 17, 2018 9:21:00 AM

    Whether you’re a research organization conducting a panel review, or a foundation coordinating a review committee, it can be a lot of work managing logistics and various stakeholder like investigators, reviewers, and readers, all while trying to effectively gather and aggregate scores for reporting. The reality is, what should be a 2 or 3 person job is often saddled on one person to manage.

    Topics: Tool, Video, Videos, Demo, Panel Committee Review Tool, Grants Management, SmartSimple, Turotial, Panel Commitee Review Tool