Technology Tidbits from GEO Conference

I’m in San Francisco for the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 2008 national conference. During the opening sessions on Monday, I found myself scribbling notes on a few intriguing examples of foundations using technology in new ways. I am eager to explore each further, but here’s a quick download:

  • The Packard Foundation has undertaken several pilot projects to inform its grant-making, including a “Nitrogen Wiki” and social network mapping;
  • The Case Foundation launched the 2007 Giving Challenge and Make It Your Own Awards to test the idea of “citizen-centered philanthropy” (also see Citizens at the Center white paper);
  • Several foundations working in Milwaukee are supporting, a program of the Nonprofit Management Fund that seeks to increase the involvement in and strengthen the capability of nonprofit boards through various services, including a bi-weekly podcast series.

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