Over the past decade, United Philanthropy Forum has been leading a Knowledge Management Collaborative powered by an integrated Drupal-Salesforce technology platform. Nearly 30 national and regional philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) around the country and the Forum work closely together in a thriving peer support and learning community. By deploying cutting edge technologies and collective purchasing power, we build/support robust and responsive association websites that are fully integrated with Salesforce-powered membership databases.
Recently, our platform has been receiving a lot of attention from the technology and philanthropy fields alike. Our platform has been featured as a case study in the e-book 8 Amazing Drupal Launches and at Dreamforce, the Salesforce users conference. The Salesforce Suite developed for our platform now has over 60,000 downloads on Drupal.org and is being used by all participating organizations and even United Way!
Our platform, powered by a shared Drupal distribution, Salesforce association management system, and our collective Knowledgebase, has substantially raised the capacity of all participating organizations to serve their respective members, created internal efficiencies by streamlining operations, and leveled the playing field among them, all at a significantly reduced cost. A signature resource of the Forum network, the Knowledgebase is a shared online resource archive for grantmakers provided by our members.
The sites launched on the integrated Drupal-Saleforce platform feature clean, user-friendly design and provide advanced search capabilities for an ease of use that matches the best on the web. Check out the Mission Investors Exchange and Council of Michigan Foundations sites to see what we mean!
Our technology platform is now open to all members of the Forum! Please review the announcement and contact Val Rozansky with any questions and information on how to join!
What Our Members Are Saying
"We're one of the largest regional associations in the country and we have the capacity to take on significant technology projects. However, when we shopped around for a comparable system on our own, we received prices of over $200,000. So far, as part of this collaborative network, we have spent only $20,000 on the build phase. That's 90% savings!"
William Corkill, Director of Technology, Council of Michigan Foundations
"We’re managing an incredibly robust system for our organization thanks to the wealth of knowledge routinely shared by our colleagues around the country. As an original partner, we have seen how much our participation in the collaborative expands our organizational capacity to serve our region."
Kristen Ruff, Vice President, Philanthropy New York
"This is collaboration at its best. We leverage our similarities and learn from our differences. We all benefit from innovation regardless of where it happens in our network. We develop collectively and pay a fraction of the total cost individually. This project is an embodiment of how technology can be a game changer."