Showing posts from May, 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 rel…

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.

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 upgradesMultiple file uploadAddress Type ConfigurationSmartField ViewAlert messages on unsaved formsEnhanced 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

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 pr…

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.

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 resear…

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