From Grantcraft, whether it's introducing new ideas into your foundation or offering constructive feedback to a grantee, grantmakers can develop personal strategies to meet the "soft" challenges of grantmaking. Effective personal strategy helps practitioners use their understanding of self and role - as learner, analyst, bridge builder - to manage the tensions that come with the job. In this guide, contributors discuss the elements of personal strategy and how it helps grantmakers to leverage their strengths in service to their objectives. The guide also explores why some grantmakers are able to think and work like "naturals" - and how the rest of us can emulate their style.
Grants management practices should be communicated effectively to external and internal stakeholders, and structured so that opportunities for grantees to achieve success are maximized. The Council has created a number of tools and resources to help support you establish a strong grants management strategy.
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This sample declination letter can help you inform grant applicants that their grant proposal was not accepted.
This sample grant proposal application checklist can be customized to your foundation's processes, allowing you to check off each step of the grant application process.
This sample grant proposal acknowledgment letter will allow you to let prospective grantees know that their application was received.
This sample grant file index allows you to see the types of information which your foundation may need to keep on each of your grantees.
This customizable sample expenditure report allows you to track expenditures by grantees.
This resource from Sibyl Hite of the Hite Foundation provides insight into what information you might be looking for when conducting a site visit.
This perspective from Sally Bowles of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation will provide useful insight into grantmaking issues encountered by many family philanthropies.
As you prepare to close out grants, this customizable checklist can help ensure you've received the appropriate documents from grantees.