Thursday, May 30, 2013

10 Books About Philanthropy and Social Good That You Should Be Reading

Inspired by's Ultimate Philanthropy Bookshelf, we've decided to compile ten of the best books on philanthropy and social good to inspire or even enhance your understanding of how giving affects the world.

We've divided these books into categories, presented in no particular order:


Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World
by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

There are an infinite number of ways to give. Giving 2.0 provides a resource to help you navigate the different methods of giving, as well as the pros and cons of each.

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World
by John Wood

Leaving Microsoft tells the true story of a man (former Microsoft employee John Wood) who visits a Nepalese village and becomes driven to provide schooling and resources to the community's children. Wood uses a very early version of "crowdsourcing" to fund this endeavor.

A retelling of the book aimed at child readers, Zak the Yak with Books on his Back, was also released.

CauseWired: Plugging In, Getting Involved, Changing the World
by Tom Watson

It's no secret that social media and the "web 2.0" revolution has drastically changed the way philanthropists, activists and non-profits engage support and raise funds. CauseWired tracks these trends and explains how a socially networked cause can improve the reach of your organization's philanthropy.


The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy
by Claire Gaudiani

In Greater Good, Gaudian provides a historical overview of the way philanthropy has shaped the United States, from Constitution-era prosperity to the New Economy bust.

Money Well Spent: A Strategic Plan for Smart Philanthropy
by Paul Brest and Hal Harvey

Money Well Spent explores the most effective components of a philanthropic strategy, as well as the tools needed (e.g., education, science, direct services, and advocacy) to meet those goals.

Strategic Philanthropy

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
by James C. Collins

Collins outlines the importance of goals, system outlines and relationships within different social sectors as a follow-up to his previous book, Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't.

Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results
by Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman

How do donors achieve the highest possible impact from their giving? Give Smart offers practical guidance on how to execute strategies that drive social change.

Strategic Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy
by Peter Frumkin

Frumkin's book not only outlines a comprehensive plan for donors to guide their giving, it explores the logic and science behind contemporary philanthropy.

International Giving

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Given just how widespread the impact of this book was, it might be in your bookshelf already. Three Cups of Tea is an account of Mortenson's passion project to build a school in rural Kashmir, and all the unexpected difficulties and triumphs along the way.

Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World
by Bill Clinton

Clinton recalls philanthropic experiences of his own and what he admires about various international foundations, both big and small. Anecdotes from several public figures and prominent organizations are included to round out Clinton's narrative.

Have any book suggestions of your own? Leave a comment below or tweet us with hashtag #philanthropybooks!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SmartSimple Presents at Irish Research Council Client Event

SmartSimple will be hosting an invite-only session organized by the Irish Research Council on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 am (Western European Time).

We will present our Ireland-based clients with SmartSimple's new and exciting developments, including our extended support hours, Live Chat functionality in our Community Portal, and our new Director of Research Solutions, Teresa Clarke.

Additionally, our clients will have the chance to view demonstrations of our upcoming Arcadia interface and the currently-available Community Portal. A Q&A and open discussion will be held after the presentations.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Click here to learn more about the Irish Research Council.

Please contact us at or visit our main website for more information about SmartSimple, our Ireland office, or upcoming events.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 2013 Upgrade Video Now Available on YouTube

SmartSimple's May 2013 system upgrade features a host of new features and changes, and we've provided a handy YouTube video tutorial to walk you through all of them.

The discussed features include:
  • Interface upgrades
  • Multiple file upload
  • Address Type Configuration
  • SmartField View
  • Alert messages on unsaved forms
  • Enhanced Level 1 templates
Check out the official SmartSimple YouTube page today.

For more information about our monthly upgrades or SmartSimple, please visit our main website or contact us at

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rotary Foundation Receives Prestigious Edison Award

SmartSimple would like to congratulate our partner, the Rotary Foundation, for receiving the prestigious silver Edison Award!

The Edison Awards recognize and honor the very best in new product and service development, as well as marketing and human-centered design and innovation.

This award recognizes the Foundation's Future Vision Plan, which is a grant model that greatly enhances global volunteer collaboration. Future Vision offers two grant categories:

  • Block grants, which allow different Rotary districts to carry out short-term local projects (such as community events);
  • Global grants, which districts use in order to develop high-impact, sustainable initiatives, either locally or internationally (i.e. scholarships, humanitarian projects, vocational training, etc). 
The Rotary Foundation, founded in 1917, is a non-profit organization focused on offering humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. To this day, it remains one of the largest international fellowship programs in the world.

Click here to learn more about the Rotary Foundation and the Future Vision Plan.

For more information about SmartSimple and our grants management system, GMS360°, visit our main website or contact us at

Introducing Online Chat in SmartSimple's Community Portal

At SmartSimple, we're always looking for new ways to better serve our clients. That's why we're excited to announce online chat functionality in your SmartSimple Community Portal.

To begin a chat session, log into your SmartSimple Community Portal and select the Live Chat tab (note the blue arrow in the screenshot below) on the left side of your screen.

Our dedicated support team is available from 5 am - 9 pm EST to answer your questions.

Want to learn more about the new Live Chat, or set up the new Community Portal in your system? Contact us at or phone 1-866-239-0991.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The SmartSimple Team Welcomes Teresa Clarke

We at SmartSimple believe there are always opportunities to expand the way we understand our clients, so we are truly excited to have Teresa Clarke join the SmartSimple team as Director of Research Solutions!

With a PhD in Structural Biology, experience as a Scientist, Research Program Manager and as the former Director of Research Programs for the Ontario Genomics Institute, Teresa truly understands the many dimensions of research management.

As a long-time SmartSimple Super User, she is uniquely positioned to ensure that SmartSimple continues to bring solutions that allow our clients to track and manage their processes in an authentic, meaningful matter.

In her new role, Teresa will:
  • Engage with new and existing clients to understand their processes and ensure their specific needs are addressed. 
  • Manage and coordinate resources to complete and deliver client solutions on time, on budget, and within scope.
  • Target opportunities and provide advice on strategic direction within the research management market.
Visit our main website or read our downloadable PDF brochure to learn more about our research management solution, RMS360°.

To learn more about SmartSimple and the new Director of Research Solutions role, please contact us at or 1-866-239-0991.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New Extended Support Hours in North America and Europe

SmartSimple has always prided itself on being a small, global company. As we continue to operate in different countries and in different markets, our customers benefit from what we learn and what we put into SmartSimple.

Of course, operating in different time zones has other benefits for our clients. We are pleased to announce that we are now offering extended support hours.

For our clients in North America, support is now available from 5 AM - 9 PM EST and our European clients can contact support from 9 AM - Midnight GMT.

If you have any additional questions about our new hours or SmartSimple, please contact our dedicated support team at 1-866-239-0991 ext. 1 or by email at