Karen Graham, Executive Director, IdealwareI’m thrilled to share some big news. Our Board of Directors has hired Idealware’s new Executive Director.

As you may know, late last year I decided it was time to hand the reins of Idealware to a new Executive Director for the first time since I founded the organization nearly a decade ago. The Board set out to find someone with the right vision and experience to lead us through this next phase of Idealware’s evolution.

We are delighted to announce that we’ve found that leader. Karen Graham, who many of you already know, will take over as Executive Director as of April 13.

Karen is no stranger to Idealware, and brings a stellar reputation and strong connections in the field of nonprofit technology. She has experience leading an organization through its teenage years while staying true to the intentions and culture instilled by the founder. Karen most recently worked for the Minnesota-based capacity-building organization MAP for Nonprofits, where she led the technology consulting services and nonprofit technology learning and networking programs. Before that, she helped build the nonprofit CRM/database solution provider thedatabank from a startup to a thriving software company. Additionally, she has worked in Human Resources and holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas. Karen has written a number of publications, and we look forward to adding her voice and vision to our resources.

In Karen’s own words:

“Helping nonprofits succeed with technology is my life’s work and it’s thrilling to lead an organization which does that on a national scale. Together we will expand Idealware’s impact and safeguard its reputation as the most trusted resource for nonprofit technology information.”

As for me, this shift allows me to focus on the strengths on which I founded Idealware, while adding Karen’s strengths to the mix. Karen will take the helm to guide Idealware’s continued work and growth, while I take on a role working with partners and guiding our content strategy. Like our mission, our goals are clear and shared by all of us, including the members of our remarkable board of directors, our dedicated staff, and our new Executive Director. We are all enthusiastic about the opportunities this transition brings to Idealware and the nonprofit sector.

We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome Karen. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions as we chart our course for the next phase, please let us know. We look forward to continuing to provide the same impartial, thorough resources we always have while exploring new ways we can help nonprofits make smart technology decisions.