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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Beta testers wanted!

A few weeks ago we invited a small group of fundraisers from local non-profits to try out Fundtracker. We were able to make sure that Fundtracker didn’t explode when more than three people used it, that our intuitive interface was, in fact, intuitive, and that we were on the right track overall. We have gathered some great feedback and have already made a bunch of improvements based that feedback. Now it is time to open up Fundtracker to a larger group of users.

We already have a lot of people on a waiting list to join the beta trial. If you’re one of them, you will be getting an email shortly with an invite code and some instructions.

It’s important for us to hear from people from across the country. Currently, Ontario is under-represented, so if you are a non-profit organization located in Ontario and would like to participate in the beta, we’ve reserved an additional 20 spaces for you. Send an email to michael@ajah.ca and we will send you an invite code in the next couple of days.

As part of the beta trial, you will be able to help shape the look and feel, as well as the functionality of Fundtracker. Your suggestions and feedback will help ensure that the service is as useful and simple to use as possible. And of course, you’ll be able to use the service to research current funding opportunities and discover new ones.

We look forward to hearing your suggestions and ideas.

By |October 25th, 2010|Fundtracker News|0 Comments|

Innovative foundations

We haven’t had a lot of time to blog recently, but I had an interesting morning at the Rencontre internationale des fondations that I thought I should share.

Under the theme « Foundations and Social Innovation », the International Meeting of Foundations for Social Innovation will be held in Montreal October, 13th, 14th and 15th, 2010. This meeting targets foundations of all over the world who intend to participate to innovative actions at different levels of social, economical, cultural and environmental issues. It mainly scopes the internationalization of relationships, exchanges, programs, experiences as well as best practices in social innovation.

I only found out about it last minute. The event took place mainly in french, but also in spanish and some portugese. Different local foundations are interested in setting up a network of foundations (kind of like the PFC) for the Quebec region. It was exciting to listen to the directors of the Chagnon Foundation and McConnell talk about aspects of their work as it pertained to innovation and it was also kind of special to be a room of funders, with almost no organizations present. It had a “behind the curtains” feel.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see an announcement at some time over the next year about a new philanthropic network being created. I hope it happens.

By |October 15th, 2010|Ajah at Events|0 Comments|