Discretionary Grants

About this collection: This Content Collection includes NCFP's two timeless issue briefs on the use and possible challenges of Discretionary Grantmaking, as well as sample forms and policies related to discretionary grants.

If you asked at a gathering of family foundation folks whether using discretionary grants is a good idea, you’d never reach consensus. Many family foundations don’t use them. Those that do have widely varied policies governing how much money is available, who is eligible to make the grants, and whether the grants must be within the foundation’s mission and guidelines.

This Content Collection includes NCFP’s two timeless issue briefs on the use and possible challenges of Discretionary Grantmaking, as well as sample forms and policies related to discretionary grants.

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December 8, 2011

Discretionary Grants: Encouraging Participation… or Pandora’s Box?

Family foundation boards that offer discretionary grants to their individual trustees and staff have a variety of reasons for doing so. Those who do not cite a number of potential barriers - both practical and philosophical - for this decision. Learn more in this wide-ranging discussion, featuring …

Sample policies, forms, and letters

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