About this Wiki

About the Web 2.0 for Grantmakers Wiki


This directory is designed so that it:


We developed the wiki specifically for use by foundation staff. It is therefore tailored to the kinds of tasks they perform, questions they ask, and needs they have.




The story behind this wiki


Blueprint Research & Design, Inc. is a strategy consulting firm based in San Francisco that helps grantmaking foundations, individual and family donors, and philanthropic networks achieve their missions.  We were asked to assist a family foundation as it considered how it could better use new information and communication tools to support its goals.  The foundation had not previously attempted to use the internet strategically to further its mission, and staff members were not particularly tech savvy.  Few staff had experience using new internet-based technologies including photo and video sharing tools, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, or wikis.  The client needed a simple and accessible introduction to technologies with the potential to support their efforts to:


To help organize the tools described, we clustered them into seven categories of use: collaborating, gathering and analyzing information, organizing and filtering information, disseminating information, improving basic communications, increasing efficiency and productivity, and facilitating donations and volunteering.  (In reality, many tools can be used for many different types of communication purposes. We placed tools in the categories of use for which they are most often applied.)


Specifically, for each type of communication tool listed in the directory, the following information is provided:



The directory is extensive but not exhaustive – especially in terms of the descriptions of how these tools can be used by foundations, the specific examples of tools listed, and the links to relevant information resources.  By making the directory not only accessible but also editable online, we hope it can continue to expand as the tools available evolve and foundations’ experiences using them grow.


Have at it…


Amy Luckey, Senior Analyst

Blueprint Research & Design, Inc.

720 Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94107