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Websites that function as online communities for a group of users, generally around a particular topic.  The site generally provides access to a library of resources on the topic, allows easy dissemination and archiving, and allows users to interact via online discussions. 


Uses and Potential Benefits

The best extranets are a gathering place where people can find needed resources and provide help to others. Example: a foundation might set up an extranet for its grantees in a particular program area to connect, share information, ask questions and find useful resources.


Examples of the Tool (Not exhaustive or vetted)




References/Articles/Examples from Nonprofits and Foundations

Green-Lighting an Extranet

Benchmarks for Building Extranets and Online Communities

Using Message Boards to Build Community

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Case Study

Real Time or Time Independent?

Time Independent (Yet, can include real time chats.)


Can Start Small and Expand?



Time/Cost to Implement?



Time/Cost to Maintain




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