The KM Initiative, guided by regionals in the KM Partners Group, continues to attract attention from the Drupal and Salesforce communities for it’s scope and innovation. The Forum’s revamped Knowledge Management platform is included in 8 Amazing Drupal Launches, a new e-book from Pantheon, the premier enterprise hosting provider for Drupal. Pantheon clients include Cisco, the New Republic, Arizona State University, YMCA, AAA, and 30,000 other sites.
Pantheon highlights our project and the KM Partners as the “first non-developers to deploy sites on Pantheon One,” Pantheon’s enterprise solution for hosting many sites on one platform.
In the e-book, ThinkShout‘s Sean Larkin describes how his team saved more than 100 hours of development time and launched 17 websites on a single Drupal distribution without using the conventional method of Multisite, a development environment that allows sites to share a single Drupal installation (core code, contributed modules, and themes).
As our live sites begin to launch through December and early 2014, the KM Partners are looking forward improved web experiences for their member grantmakers through cleaner user interfaces, simpler navigation, advanced search engines, enhanced user profiles, and more!
For more information about the Forum’s KM Initiative, please visit www.givingforum.org/km.
The Forum’s Val Rozansky, along with Kim Snipes from Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and Bill Corkill from Council of Michigan Foundations, recently presented on the KM Initiative’s new Drupal-Salesforce platform at Dreamforce, the Salesforce users conference. The conference had a physical turnout of 140,000 attendees with over 100,000 participating remotely. Over 5,000 nonprofit organizations were in attendance, including many foundations.
The KM session was incredibly well received and our work is garnering much attention from the philanthropic and technology sectors alike. Collaboration like ours is practically unprecedented in both fields and the longevity of our initiative lends credence to our proven track record. Work from our project is appreciated for its innovation and has already begun to impact both sectors. The Salesforce module in Drupal which ThinkShout built for our platform is now in use by over 1,000 websites and is even powering United Way’s integration.
A recording, PowerPoint slides, and notes from the session will be available soon.
The Forum is pleased to announce that Southern California Grantmakers has joined the Knowledge Management Initiative. The Forum’s integrated system consists of a dynamic web site supported by a robust Drupal content management system integrated with the industry-leading Salesforce database and featuring a collective Knowledgebase of quality materials for grantmakers. With SCG, nearly three quarters of regional associations are participating in KM. Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who participated in our 2010-2011 Technology Assessment Survey. The information collected through this survey will help us plan for a revamp of our knowledge services in 2011. Below we have distilled some key findings from the survey. You can find the full report (DOC) on our website.
- The vast majority of RAs use a CMS of some kind (83%). In addition to Syscom (the Forum’s KM System CMS), there were multiple regionals using Neulogic/Stellar Financial (3), and YourMembership (3). Note that these number reflect the answers of the 29 regionals who responded to the survey. There are additional regionals using some of these services.
- About a quarter of RAs have been using their current system for under a year, while another quarter have been engaged for 5 years or more. Twenty per cent of respondents did not know exactly how long they had been using their current CMS.
- More than half of responding RAs were able to license and install their system for under $25,000, with 36% doing so for under $10,000. Again, 20% of respondents were not sure of the actual price. Similarly, 52% are able to maintain their systems for under $5,000/year. Continue reading
There has been a lot of discussion on the Communications Network blog and on Twitter about the legitimacy of employing crowdsourcing methods within philanthropy, sparked by a presentation by Jim Surowiecki at the Communications Network conference. The Forum network has been working in collaborative knowledge management for a number of years now so I thought I might offer some concrete examples of how our methods fit the crowdsourcing model.
Before I get started, let me say that there are two important factors that make our system work, not covered in Surowiecki’s outline of the conditions for good crowdsourcing: 1) community trust and 2) shared goals. These elements might seem in conflict with Surowiecki’s conditions that a wise crowd contains a diversity of opinion and a willingness to embrace arguments, but in reality they are only modifications. Like in any family, conflicting opinions can still work together to accomplish positive outcomes.