Evolving Technologies: Improving or Expanding Donor Services?

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Personalized donor service and deep relationships dominate the approach utilized by community foundations in development and grantmaking, but exactly how much has the digital revolution and other philanthropic innovations disrupted our work? What is on the horizon?

It’s no surprise that technology has had an impact on fundraising, philanthropic advising, and grantmaking.  But how do you know if you are ahead or behind the curve of the digital revolution? To what degree will new forms of philanthropic innovations, the consistent rise of donor-advised funds (particularly, non-permanent, non-endowed funds), and digital donations impact community foundations going forward?

Explore how to cut through the noise around evolving technologies and focus on real strategies that serve community foundations and benefit the communities you serve.

Hear expert advice and considerations from Indiana University Lilly Family School of PhilanthropyThird Plateau, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Miami Foundation, and Council on Foundations in the third of our series on the digital disruption on the community foundation business model.


  • Patrick Rooney, Executive Associate Dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Alex Holtel, Finance Director, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
  • Daniel Kaufman, Principal, Third Plateau
  • Matthew Beatty, Senior Director of Communications, The Miami Foundation


  • Brad Ward, Director, Community Philanthropy, Council on Foundations
  • Russ Barratt, Vice President of Technology, Council on Foundations


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