The Technology Affinity Group conference “Impact: Collectively Changing Communities” (Nov. 14-17, 2016) was a sold-out gathering of 275 philanthropic COOs, IT Directors, Operations & Grants Managers, and accidental but purposeful techies.
Key questions overheard, indicating a shift in mindset about granting, included:
How can we...
- ...change the mindset from “grantmaking workflow” to “investment workflow”?
- ...view grants as investment vehicles?
- ...shift the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role from administrative to decision support?
- ...shift a Program Officer role from due diligence to investor?
The Measuring Impact plenary was a highlight. Led by Mariana Catz, with panelists pictured below, expertise was shared on how tech innovation in granting platforms and the subsequent tech disruptions have affected our ability as a sector to measure impact.