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Participatory Grantmaking Case Study: Durfee Foundation

Posted on August 25, 2020 by GrantCraft

Questions addressed include: What are your grantmaking and/or strategic priorities (in terms of geographic focus, issue, etc.)? Who decides the grantmaking priorities? The overall strategy for the fund? What’s the process by which these decisions are made? Is the participatory decision-making process the same for all grant types and sizes? If not, why? Who comprises your grantmaking selection panel(s)? How… Read More

Participatory Grantmaking Case Study: Catherine Donnelly Foundation

Posted on August 25, 2020 by GrantCraft

Questions addressed include: What are your grantmaking and/or strategic priorities (in terms of geographic focus, issue, etc.)? Who decides the grantmaking priorities? The overall strategy for the fund? What’s the process by which these decisions are made? Is the participatory decision-making process the same for all grant types and sizes? If not, why? Who comprises your grantmaking selection panel(s)? How… Read More

Grantmaking with a Racial Equity Lens

Posted on July 21, 2020 by Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, GrantCraft

This guide was developed in partnership with the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. Highlights Three tools for activating a racial equity lens Your Race/Your Role Questions to ask inside your foundation What’s in the Guide? What Is a Racial Equity Lens? For grantmakers and foundation leaders, using a racial equity lens means paying disciplined attention to race and ethnicity while analyzing… Read More

International Grantmaking: Funding with a Global View

Posted on May 1, 2017 by GrantCraft

In this guide, grantmakers describe the benefits and challenges of bringing a global perspective to their work. The guide explains the regulations that govern cross-border grantmaking and shares the experiences of funders who have coped with working across geographic and cultural divides. It also weighs the merits of working through intermediaries and funding directly outside the United States… Read More

Foundations Moving On: Ending Programmes and Funding Relationships

Posted on November 8, 2013 by GrantCraft

Whether you are part of a family foundation that runs its own programmes, a big corporate grantmaker, a small venture philanthropist, an NGO that re-grants resources from a back-donor, or a mix of any of the above, exits are inevitable. Funders move on, and relationships with grantees, partners, or investees change along the way. Exit decisions and strategies are complicated;… Read More

Why and How Funders Work Together

Posted on December 15, 2009 by GrantCraft

When it comes to funder collaboratives, is the whole truly greater than the sum of its parts? Can foundations make a bigger impact with grant dollars by working together than by going it alone? Yes, grantmakers say, as long as members define their goals, set clear operational guidelines, and work from the start to make the collaborative function well for grantees… Read More

Communicating for Impact: Strategies for Grantmakers

Posted on September 25, 2009 by GrantCraft

A good communications strategy can amplify a grantee’s program and message in critical ways. Although some grantmakers readily embrace communications and its related technologies to meet programmatic goals, others are unsure about where to begin. … Read More

A Map of the Craft

Posted on October 21, 2007 by GrantCraft, Jan Jaffe

What helps you get beyond the basics? We asked hundreds of grant makers this question and charted their answers on this map of the craft. Here are seven challenges of grant making, along with practices and skills to help you meet them… Read More

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