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Knowledge Management Collaborative News

In a guest post, Allyson Goldhagen of Philanthropy New York discusses the Forum's Knowledge Management Collaborative and how it has become a network beyond what was originally imagined.

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To meet the challenges of growth and build new systems to manage our expanding network and programming, NFG joined the Knowledge Management Collaborative of the United Philanthropy Forum in 2017. We have been fortunate to have the help of the Forum in our journey towards better information management, and offer the following reflections from our experience.

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In August of 2016, GCIR had only one question about the Forum’s Drupal-Salesforce platform: How soon can we launch? Chats with several members of the collaborative left us chomping at the bit. Make our time-consuming membership renewal process more efficient? Yes, please. Streamline event registration tracking and analysis? Absolutely. Integrations with core services like MailChimp, ReadyTalk, and more? Yes, yes, yes. From automation of simple tasks and centralizing our far-flung data to joining a community of experts from similar organizations, we wanted to launch tomorrow.

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Seeing all the back to school pictures earlier this month reminded me of when the users of our collaborative technology platform went “back to school” for our annual Drupal-Salesforce Users Group. 

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A guest post from Lissa Silotto, Communications & Marketing Manager, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance about the collaboration of our Knowledge Management Collaborative.

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The gist of the product teams approach is recognizing that great technology is essential to delivering our programs and creating the impact we want to have in the world. Each key technology system is treated as a "product" and managed by a team comprised of both technology people and "domain experts" who bring in-the-trenches programmatic and business process knowledge. Most importantly, though, products are resourced and managed on a permanent, ongoing basis, not as one-time, "big-bang" initiatives.

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During the week of October 13-16, over 135,000 descended upon downtown San Francisco to attend Dreamforce, the annual conference held by Salesforce. Representatives from almost every industry including nonprofits and philanthropy attended over 1,400 breakout sessions, several keynotes, expos of products, and training opportunities. Among them were representatives from five regional associations and the Forum.
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Lev Tyspin, Partner and Director of Engineering at ThinkShout, recently took to the Pantheon YouTube channel to tout the innovation of the Forum's Drupal-Salesforce Platform.
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In this interview, Katy Moore, Director of Member Services for Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, discusses the launch of WRAG's new website on the Forum's Drupal-Salesforce platform, the success of their Institute for Corporate Social Responsibility, and what's on the horizon for WRAG's member programming.
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In this interview, Charlotte Anheier, Online Community Manager for Southern California Grantmakers, discusses the launch of SCG's new website on the Forum's Drupal-Salesforce platform, the support she receives from her peers, and what's coming next in Southern California's technology and communications plans.
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