This is Altum.

Altum is a privately-held software company driven towards the advancement of research. Our team is loyal and passionate about our company and our customers. More than half of our employees have worked at Altum for more than 10 years.

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Our Leadership.

Altum’s leadership has over 68 combined years of experience at Altum. Our passion when we started the company, and will always be, to deliver the most innovative solutions for our customers.

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Ken Fang

Chairman of the Board
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Steve Pinchotti

Chief Executive Officer
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Jamie McKee

Director of Business Development
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Christine Smith

Director of Product Operations
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Darryl Blackburn

Director of Technology

Altum. A Brief History.

At our heart, we are a company that empowers people and organizations to make the world a better place. We love nothing more than making our customers and employees happy.

1997

A company was born.

After leaving a successful career at American Management Systems, Ken Fang created Custom Software Service, LLC. With a passion for innovative solutions and customer service, Altum quickly became one of the fastest growing small businesses in the country.

1997-1999

The scientific coding years.

CSS developed the first web-based scientific coding systems for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This platform was developed to adapt to the NIH’s new centralized grants management system and was used to report to congress on the amount of funding spent for a wide range of scientific categories.

2000

CSS renamed to Altum.

After much consideration and growth, we decided to change the name of the company. Altum means “to nourish” and “to grow” in Latin. Altum was quickly earning a reputation for high-quality work in the grants management space which would drive our direction for years to come.

2003

Altum makes Fast 50 list

Altum earned a spot on the Deloitte and Touche Technology Fast 50 list in the Virginia Region, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area. Ranking were based on the percentage of growth from 1998-2002.

2004

Altum makes Fast 50 list

Altum earned a spot on the Deloitte and Touche Technology Fast 50 list in the Virginia Region, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area. Ranking were based on the percentage of growth from 1999-2003.

2006

Altum acquires Easygrants

Altum acquired Easygrants from the Arlington Group. Altum became one of the leaders in the enterprise grants management space with the Easygrants platform. Known for its highly configurable workflow and task management engine, Easygrants was the platform of choice for large organizations in North America and Europe.

2007

Altum acquires Proposal Central.

Altum acquired Proposal Central from Research and Management Systems, one of the early pioneers in the grants management research space. Proposal Central was doing cloud before cloud was cool. Developed from the ground up to be multi-tenant and cloud-based, Proposal Central helped migrate the industry to electronic grant making.

2009

Ken Fang earns Minority Business Award.

Ken Fang earned a spot on the Washington Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award list. This award celebrated the region’s diversity by honoring some of its most inspiring leaders. The honorees were selected based on their accomplishments, challenges and their stories.

2010

Altum rings Nasdaq bell

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 was the pre-eminent technology awards program in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners were selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth during the period from 2006 to 2010. Altum was given the opportunity to ring the Nasdaq closing bell as part of the award celebration.

2011

Altum makes Inc. 5000 list

Altum, Inc. is proud to have made the prestigious Inc. 5000 list four years in a row from 2008-2011. The Inc. 5000 list is the list of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States.

2013

Altum earns MassMutual Citizenship Award.

Altum, Inc. won the Mass Mutual Citizenship Award for the best partnership between a corporation and a nonprofit organization. In this case it was for Altum’s partnership with Helping Hungry Kids (HHK), a nonprofit that provides weekend backpacks of food for kids in need. 2019 celebrates Altum’s 10th year of working with HHK.

2014

Altum acquires PhilanTech

Altum, Inc. acquired the PhilanTrack grants management solution for grant makers and grant seekers from PhilanTech. This innovative platform provided an affordable cloud-based solution for nonprofits. PhilanTrack was one of the first platforms to streamline the grants management process for grant seekers.

2016

Altum makes Inc. 5000 list.

Altum, Inc. is proud to have made the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for the fifth time in 2016. The Inc. 5000 list is the list of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States.

2017

Altum selected as HRA ORCID Consortium Technical Lead

The Health Research Alliance (HRA) announced the launch of its ORCID consortium. For technical leadership, the HRA consortium selected Altum to provide outreach and technical support in accordance with ORCID’s Collect and Connect guidelines.

2018

Altum makes NVTC Innovation list.

Altum, Inc. is proud to have made the inaugural Northern Virginia Technology Tech 100 list. The NVCT Tech 100 are the companies who are driving tech innovation, implementing new solutions for their customers, and leading growth in the Greater Washington region.

2019

Altum receives Patent.

Altum, Inc. was awarded a patent in 2019 for its grants administration software.

2019

Altum rebrands company.

With a renewed focus and energy for the industry that we’ve come to know and love over the past two decades, Altum rebrands the company with a new mission: Create a Revolution in Research.

We Believe in Community.

As Altum has evolved into one of the fastest-growing software companies in the country, we have kept our feet firmly planted in the community. After all, what good is success if it can’t be shared?

Our Clients & Partners.

Altum is proud to work with excellent clients and a group of wonderful partners. Helping to transform organizations so that they can make an even larger positive impact on the world is a privilege and one that the Altum team enjoys immensely.

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$14B

Funded Grants.

1 Million

Peer-Review Critiques.

435,000

ProposalCentral Users.

26,000

Research Institutions.

500,000

Research Applications.

Join Our Family.

We are always looking for extraordinary team members who are just as excited about innovation as we are.

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Ken Fang

Chairman of the board

I founded Altum in 1996 and am always grateful for the customers we get to work with and the challenges we help them overcome.

Ken Fang is the founder and chairman of Altum, Inc., the market leader of enterprise grants management and performance management solutions for federal and philanthropic organizations. In addition to his leadership at Altum, Ken is the President of Mobomo, a mobile, web, cloud software development company. At both companies, Ken works closely with clients to create software solutions to meet their strategic needs. Finally, Ken is the Chairman of Monte Jade DC, an Asian-American organization dedicated to providing the community with resources for starting, funding and growing high technology business. Ken holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Computer Science from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a certificate in Bioinformatics from Stanford University.

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Steve Pinchotti

Chief Executive Officer

It’s been a privilege to see Altum evolve over the years. I’m driven every day and passionate about the potential we have to change the world by accelerating and improving the research process.

Steve Pinchotti is Altum’s Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company and overseeing all aspects of the organization. With over twenty-five years of software development and implementation experience with organizations around the world, he is passionate about delivering innovative solutions to Altum’s customers. Steve’s entrepreneurial and philanthropic interests have led to ownership in three successful companies, and a significant role in growing a local non-profit called Helping Hungry Kids (HHK). Through Steve’s leadership and Altum’s involvement, Altum and HHK won the Washington Business Journal MassMutual Citizenship Award for the best partnership between a company and a charitable organization. Steve holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Westminster College and is a 2014 graduate of the DC-based MindShare CEO Network.

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Jamie McKee

Director of Business Development

My passions are adventuring (personal) and grant making (professional). These twin passions combine in a continuing effort to improve and challenge myself and to help my clients find new ways to do what they do better.

Jamie McKee is Altum’s Director of Business Development. He is passionate about exploration and grant making. His vision includes technology-enabled grant making, which helps available funding make our world a better place.

Through his extensive work with grant making non-profits in health care, government agencies and research organizations, Jamie brings unique insight to the challenges and opportunities facing grant makers today. Additionally, Jamie identifies opportunities for technology and process optimization to improve and extend grants management capabilities. His team has helped clients achieve lower overhead costs, shorter application and selection processes and improved oversight and relationships with their grantees.

Jamie’s work successfully led a consortium through the development of a collaborative business solution – proposalCENTRAL – a unique portal shared by 100 different grant making organizations. For grantors, proposalCENTRAL eliminates mountains of paper applications, enables faster selection of grantees and lowers processing costs.

In the early 1990s, at the leading edge of e-commerce for grants, Jamie also guided a consortium of research universities in developing software to ease the administrative burden on research scientists. The software enabled better information management and faster start-up of grant projects. The consortium, in cooperation with government research agencies, demonstrated the benefits of electronic applications and provided the foundation for what is now grants.gov.
Jamie is a frequent speaker on topics related to grants management, research, and industry-wide initiatives such as ORCID.

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Christine Smith

Director of Product Operations

Christine Smith is Altum’s Director of Operations and brings over 20 years of client and product management at Big 6 accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at Altum she has served in many operational capacities supporting our multiple grants management offerings. Her responsibilities have included onboarding new clients, providing ongoing product training, designing and supporting the resolution of software fixes and system enhancements. Most recently Christine served as Client Support Manager and streamlined client support functions to improve overall responsiveness and leverage knowledge across teams.

Christine is a graduate of Purdue University and University of Maryland, University College. She is a certified Project Management Professional.

Her demonstrated knowledge in operations, client management and quality assurance helps position Altum to remain responsive and proactive to the varied client requests. She loves to solve problems and find creative product solutions so clients can remain focused on their important work of providing funding to the many great research causes represented by our client portfolio.

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Darryl Blackburn

Director of Technology

Darryl Blackburn is Altum’s Director of Technology. In this role he oversees the technical delivery of impactful solutions throughout the company and coordinates development of innovative approaches that will transform our customer’s future capabilities.

Mr. Blackburn first caught the software development bug in 1987, and has supported commercial and government clients in the Washington, D.C. area for the past twenty years. He has led the development of software solutions on a variety of platforms and scales, and supported their operational transition to users from throughout the country and internationally.

Mr. Blackburn earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Radford University. He enjoys working at the intersection of technology, operations, and strategic forecasting, thus enabling him to understand his customer’s needs and design solutions with long-term utility.

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