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Inspired Design meets Dynamic Technology

Inspired Design meets Dynamic Technology

As part of Bromelkamp Company, LLC's commitment to outstanding service and deep commitment to your ongoing success, we have created a series of Bromelkamp educational GEMS, which are compiled together in this blog/resource library to help foundations of all types and sizes understand how software technology can help further their organization's purpose. You can register to receive these GEMS periodically via email, and/or view them here.  

Incomplete Grant Applications Are No Laughing Matter

Online Application Software Increases Qualification Rates

Bill Gates enters heaven. St. Pete shows him the tiny cottage he will stay in. He decides to explore the area, and finds out the captain of the Titanic is living in an enormous mansion. Bill asks St. Pete about this, and St. Pete says...

Well, what is the punch line? What a disappointment when someone forgets part of the joke. There are only two basic parts to remember for any joke: the set-up and the punchline. Forgetting the punchline is kind of like an applicant neglecting to complete all of the required information for a grant request.

Reasons Why You Should Automate Your Grant Process

It's time to automate your grant processing, unless of course you like data entry.

Over 35 years ago, I was observing a nonprofit where I was volunteering and was stunned at the amount of data entry and redundancy that was created by manual tracking and follow-ups of gifts. I decided that this was an area where I could further help the mission of that nonprofit, and designed a database that would decrease the duplication of efforts. Today I am still surprised at the number of grantmakers and foundations who hang onto some old habits of data entry and typing and entering information into multiple places. Does your staff spend hours each week entering data into your database (or worse, spreadsheets)? Leveraging technology is the best way to maximize your man (and woman) power, as well as reduce data entry errors. At Bromelkamp Company, our motto is "Never type the same thing twice," and here's how we make this dream a reality.

Why Community Foundations Should Operate Like a Well-Run Kitchen

Foundation software helps expedite processes.

If you think about it, community foundations are a lot like a busy restaurant kitchen. It takes considerable planning, well thought-out processes and coordination to deliver different entrees to you and each of your dinner companions at the same time.

Why is this so difficult? Each entrée probably uses different kitchen equipment, requires varying cook times and contains diverse ingredients, yet it all seems to come together seamlessly when you are sitting in the dining room.

This flawless delivery doesn't happen by chance. A well-run commercial kitchen take a lot of planning and coordination to simultaneously manage the different processes for each entrée. It all works because an effective kitchen has a centralized system and processes that everyone uses.

Four Reasons to Choose Online Software Reason #2: Staff and Volunteer Flexibility (Part 2 of 4)

Foundation administrative staff and offices are organized in a myriad of ways. Foundations often have a blend of full and part-time employees and unpaid volunteers. Office locations are sometimes tucked within for-profit organizations, have multiple office locations in the geographic locations they serve, or operate remotely out of spare bedrooms and coffee shops.

However, no matter how the foundation's administration is set up, many of them have one thing in common: the need for flexibility. Installed software can be counterintuitive to this need. Information is often difficult to access because it resides in one office and sometimes on just one computer. This can be a problem when staff members need access to the same information, even if they are in remote offices or traveling. If your foundation's installed software has these challenges, there is another option: