Working with Grantees

To many nonprofits, foundation operations are shrouded in mystery. Because prospective grantees are seeking funding from foundations, there may be a perceived power imbalance. However, building strong and effective relationships with grantees can help foundations develop new knowledge and insights into issues, and to test and scale innovative strategies. Open communication, approachability, sharing lessons learned, and collaborative evaluation are key to developing strong partnerships with grantees.

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Exiting fields is a common practice in the philanthropic sector. It is often spurred by foundations’ continuous quest for innovation, new leadership, or a decline in assets. However, this practice is often performed with little advance notice, unclear rationales, and no consistent best practices. Exiting a field responsibly is essential to achieving the compelling and far-reaching goals that foundations set for themselves, so how can they help strengthen and sustain fields when their support ends? Consultant Janice Petrovich discussed effective practices in this important area.

From GEO, what does it mean to truly and authentically engage a community in evaluation? Grantmakers working on place-based grantmaking already have the incentive and drive to support in-depth evaluation, to understand the impact of the initiative, and to identify opportunities to improve their work. Effective evaluation of these complex and multi-faceted efforts is grounded in the perspectives of community stakeholders.

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.

Grantmakers searching for more detailed information about the charitable status of their potential grantees may find the answers they need in the IRS’ Select Check tool.