Feeding America battles food insecurity with the help of SmartSimple

The current statistics on hunger in the United States tell a very distressing story that should concern everyone currently living in the country: ●13 million children face hunger in the United States today ●In 2014, 5.7 million senior citizens - that’s 9% of all seniors in the US - lived with food insecurity, meaning no reliable access to affordable, nutritious food ●Nearly 3 million rural households live with food insecurity ●There are 12 states that show significantly higher household food insecurity rates above the national average of 13.7%, including Mississippi (20.8%), Arkansas (19.2%), and Louisiana (18.4%)
Considering that the US is one of the top 20 of the richest countries in the world, the number of Americans living with food insecurity may seem surprising. Yet, according to Feeding America, the country’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, many Americans are just one job loss or medical crisis away from suffering food insecurity. More than 46 million people turn to Fe…

Member of the SmartSimple community? Discover the highlights of our August upgrade

Enhancements to user experience have again featured prominently in our August upgrade, as we strive to continually develop a solution that is intuitive and easily accessible to all users. Beyond making the platform more user friendly, we’re happy to introduce our integration with GuideStar Charity Check, a pre-grant due diligence service that provided information on 2.5 million organizations in the U.S. in 2016.

Read our highlights below.

User Experience

New viewing experience for object list views

Need to cross-check an individual record? In this upgrade, we’re introducing a split screen layout for list views. This new feature enables users to preview a record without navigating away from the list. On the left, users can quickly scan through the full list view. On the right, you will see details of the selected record which you can view or edit.

Simple, intuitive user interface

As part of our commitment to making the platform even quicker and easier to use, we’ve made a series of subtle…

How The Harrington Discovery Institute uses SmartSimple to create new vaccines

As recently as 1980, measles has been responsible for an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. That’s almost as many deaths as there are people living in Chicago today.
Each August, the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the benefits and importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NPHIC provides a website and series of downloadable toolkits to help promote vaccination for pregnant women, children of all ages and adults.
While vaccination of children has been controversial of late, there’s little doubt that the development of vaccines and immunization programs have significantly improved life expectancy around the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization prevents illness, disability, and death from vaccine-preventable diseases, and currently prevents approximately 2 to 3 million deaths every single year.
The ongoing development of new vaccines is vital to the health of fu…

SmartSimple and AWS collaborate to serve the grantmaking community

SmartSimple and AWS (Amazon Web Services) announced a new initiative this month, that aims to empower grantmakers to look to the cloud for their technology needs. 

In association with the Technology Affinity Group (TAG), the AWS Serve program gives eligible TAG members exclusive access to special offers from AWS partners, including two months unlimited use of the SmartSimple platform for those interested in trying out our solutions.

With growing goals, lean budgets, and limited resources, grantmakers are always looking for ways to manage their organizations even more efficiently. The launch of this latest collaboration will help the granting sector gauge the full picture of their impact and reach farther into their communities, by accessing SmartSimple’s technology and the deep expertise of our people.

Commenting on the launch of the program, Alex Wong, Director of Marketing at SmartSimple, said:
“Being selected to participate in AWS Serve not only recognizes our contribution as a ser…

Block Party DC: Learn, Share, Network, Inspire

If you’re a member of the SmartSimple community that loves insight - the power it brings, the success it inspires, then join us for Block Party DC on Thursday, September 7, the next stop in our roadshow of client learning events.
Hosted in the capital, the full-day event brings our clients together to share best practices, perspectives and experiences in topical round-table sessions, discussion forums and collaborative hands-on workshops. It’s a chance to network with other members of the SmartSimple community, and see first-hand how they configure the platform to meet their process needs through a series of customer case studies. 
An open Lunch & Learn invitation has also been extended to those who want to find out more about who SmartSimple is and what we do. 
Register Are you a SmartSimple client, or interested in coming along to get to know us? Register before 5PM (EST) on Friday, September 1.
More information For full details, visit our event webpage.
What our clients can expect

How the Ohio Arts Council promotes the benefits of participation in the arts

The benefits of dance in American society are plentiful.

A Harvard Medical School blog post by Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch,  said dance, “...has been shown to have all the benefits of other forms of builds muscle and bone, reduces fat, increases aerobic capacity and lowers blood pressure.”

When it comes to what dance can do for children, the advantages may surprise you. In a studyundertaken by The National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), these include: Increased reading and STEM test scores Neurological benefits, memory retention, and making cognitive connections Development of social and emotional coping skills Support of integrated teaching practices Boosting teacher and school morale

To help promote dance, Nigel Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance fame, created National Dance Day. This year, National Dance Day takes place on July 29, with events at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center

How the Helios Education Foundation uses SmartSimple to help youth build marketable skills

73 million young people around the world between the ages of 16 - 24 were unemployed in 2016. That makes them three times more likely than adults to be out of work.

The problem really hits home when you consider that it means  20 million Americans are currently not working who could be.
So what is being done to reverse this trend? With events taking place all over the world this coming July 15 to commemorate Work Youth Skills Day, it’s good to know there are organizations tackling this important issue, getting to the root causes and finding ways to increase the number of opportunities available for youth everywhere. The Helios Education Foundation is one such organization, taking the initiative to provide grants and form strategic partnerships with communities across Arizona and Florida. Helios strives to provide the resources needed to ensure everyone has access to the education needed to build the skills that will improve their chances of achieving gainful, sustainable employment.