Rasmuson Foundation recently made improvements to the online Tier 1 application. While the differences are subtle, they move us closer to our goal of properly balancing our need to collect relevant information while being cognizant of your time and resource constraints. Jeff Baird shares more in this week's post.

Rasmuson Foundation recently made improvements to the online Tier 1 application. While the differences are subtle, they move us closer to our goal of properly balancing our need to collect relevant information while being cognizant of your time and resource constraints.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Organizations are no longer required to input 990 information onto the application. If we want that data, we will access it through GuideStar.
  • Donor contribution data requirements have been simplified. Applicants will now be asked to provide a single document that provides insight on where the organization receives its funding.
  • The procedure for attaching financial data is more straightforward. The required documentation must now be uploaded by the person filling out the application. If you’re not the organization’s financial wizard, either have the required data emailed to you and attach it, or add your treasurer/accountant as an account user (you can do this by clicking on the “update my account” link in the main menu) and have him or her upload it when you get to that section.
  • Better and more precise definitions of required financial data are provided (we tell you, for instance, that a financial statement consists of your balance sheet and profit and loss statement) and a few confusing text pop-ups were removed.
  • And, in saving the best news for last, the system will no longer automatically time the user out of the application. So for those who previously experienced A) an unhealthy surge in blood pressure B) sudden hair loss and nervous ticks C) an uncontrollable urge to toss your computer out the window or D) all of the above, because the essays you wrote were lost due to an automatic time-out, please come back and give our application another try. I should note, however, that users must still fill something in on all the required areas – identified by the red stars – before it will save (hey, we have to have something to do in future revisions).

For those who started an application under the old format, no need to redo anything. Our system will accept both versions of the application. I appreciate your patience as we made these changes. I’m sure there will be more to come in the future, but I hope this proves to be a significant step forward.