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Key Results

  • Helped multinational foundations (with asset sizes $xx+) refine their technology procurement strategy
  • Grew Grantbook's business model, expanding sales by $xx and increasing geographic reach to tap the European market
  • Folded new service design approaches into project delivery

James Law

Director, Business Development & Innovation

Relationships, Innovation Strategy

Key Results

  • Helped multinational foundations (with asset sizes $xx+) refine their technology procurement strategy
  • Grew Grantbook's business model, expanding sales by $xx and increasing geographic reach to tap the European market
  • Folded new service design approaches into project delivery

James Law has worked for 10 years in the social finance and social sectors, designing, exploring and implementing technologies to help organisations activate mission and achieve impact.

He began working in lean non-profits, employing databases and constituent relationship management tools (CRM) to help track and aggregate data for land conservation and environmental protection. Moving into social finance, he managed the development of an application to administer community bonds and equity.

Moving to Grantbook in 2015, James dove head first into helping foundations - of all types - alignment on digital values, explore technology options and select the best path forward. From there, he continued to explore solutions architecture and integrations, connecting best-in-class tools to meet the ideal needs of grantmakers, grantees and all stakeholders. 

More recently James is investing in Grantbook’s use of service design tools - from personas to service blueprints - to increase resilience and reduce the risk of technology planning and adoption via human-centred thinking. He also helps rally and co-ordinate Grantbook’s new ideas and opportunities as philanthropy and technology change.

Notable Clients & Projects

Nonprofit Membership Organization

Membership Management Tech Stack Design & Implementation

A membership-funded association that builds capacity and advocates for nonprofits needs a new technology stack to manage their membership. Learn how we helped them select, design, and configure their digital tools so they can be more efficient and data-informed.

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Oakville Community Foundation

Digital Strategy & Dashboard Prototyping

How did the Oakville Community Foundation keep its edge in a FinTech world by going all-in on digital strategy and cloud-based technologies for increased efficiency, engagement and entrepreneurship? Find out in this case study.

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Skills

  • Business Development
  • Digital Strategy
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Human-Centered Design & Service Design

Tech Tools

  • Salesforce
  • Foundant
  • Fluxx

Training & Education

University of Waterloo
MES, Environment & Resource Studies
2009-2012
Activities & Societies: WPIRG Board of Directors and Treasurer, Biosphere Sustainability Project and Model Forests

Canadian Securities Institute
Canadian Securities Course, Investments and Securities
2015-2016

Schulich School of Business - York University
Co-operative Business Management Certificate, Business Administration & Management, General
2012-2012

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