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Module 2: Unit 8

Grantmaking basics

The heart of any foundation is it's grantmaking. By awarding grants your family is able to give back to the community and make positive change.

In this unit you will find resources to aid in learning the process of grantmaking as well as exercises and opportunities to practice these skills.

Read (10 minutes)
Evaluate an organization: Information for next gen donors Read this informative article on good grantmaking practices to gain insights on how grantmaking decisions are made and the different factors that play into these decisions.
Read (45 minutes)
Establishing grantmaking interests and priorities This chapter from 'Splendid Legacy' explores a wide range of issues that are likely to come up in your grantmaking - from developing guidelines to learning how to conduct effective site visits to measuring the effectiveness of your philanthropy.
Read (45 minutes)
Strategic Philanthropy: Maximizing Family Engagement and Social Impact This Passages Issue Brief discusses how family foundations can transition from a giving approach based on trustees' disparate interests, to a more focused and strategic approach based on common values and interests.
Read (90+ minutes)
The complete guide to grantmaking basics: A field guide for funders ($$) This book is a practical and comprehensive guide to honing your grantmaking effectiveness and adapting to the changing nonprofit world.
Tune-in (5 minutes)
How the Ford Foundation's grant making works Watch this video to get a look inside the Form Foundation’s grantmaking process, which mirrors the processes of many foundations around the country.
Do (90+ minutes)
Youth Philanthropy Connect: A program of the Freida C. Fox Family Foundation Attend a Youth Philanthropy Connect national conference or regional gathering. These events are for next gen and young grantmakers of varying ages. This program explores the basics of grantmaking and philanthropy as well as provides more advanced content for older members of the next generation.