The grantmaking application process is a big lift for foundations and nonprofits, alike. This primer takes a look at streamlining the application process from RFP to grant agreement. Found in the guide is a how to on creating RFPs, questions to ask during the grant application review, sample acceptance letter, sample declination letter, and a sample grant agreement. Highlighted here, you will also find an innovative example a group of funders from New Mexico (SHARE New Mexico) took in reevaluating their long standing grantmaking application process and the steps they took in creating and implementing a common application. Finally, we invite you to explore the resources and tools available through GMN's Project Streamline initiative, an effort to assist funders in right-sizing application and reporting requirements, reducing the burden on grantseekers, and seeking feedback to improve grantmaking practices.
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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Hosted in partnership with GuideStar, this webinar will discuss the various ways data standards are already improving the grantmaking process for both funders and grantees. Conversation will also address how foundations can participate in these initiatives and promote a better information system for the sector.
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Communities across the country are experiencing rapid demographic shifts, and foundations that use place-based giving strategies must adapt their grantmaking to recognize these changes. This discussion explores the multiple ways foundations define place-based philanthropy, its potential challenges and advantages, and the various approaches to this work.
This checklist for developing effective grantee relations was prepared by Jane Kendall, president of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and a trustee of the Kathleen Price Bryan Family Fund.
From the Center for Effective Philanthropy, most of foundations’ efforts to contribute ‘beyond the money’ have little beneficial impact on grantees. More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant reveals that only when foundation staff provide assistance beyond the grant in one of two ways do grantees report a substantially more positive experience with their funders. Three exemplary foundations are profiled: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Winter Park Health Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.
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.
With the majority of companies today having at least one formal domestic volunteerism program, employee involvement is a topic of increasing relevance to the corporate world. Companies are realizing that volunteerism is not necessarily an ancillary strategy, but rather one that can be aligned with their core business and differentiate them in both the marketplace and the workplace. This Employee Volunteerism Solutions Brief examines what makes a successful employee volunteer program for companies at all stages of the process— Starting from Scratch, Building off the Basics, and Going from Good to Great. It provides practical solutions and tips to help you be more effective in your work.
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.