Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

Revealing Risk in Philanthropy – part 3

In two previous posts, I wrote that I’d been researching the topic of risk in philanthropy. I tested some ideas about the topic at a conference session, co-designed with folks from the Quixote Foundation, Open Road Alliance, and Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Based on my research and feedback from others, I developed this framework [...]

Trust the People, No Strings Attached

Trust the People, No Strings Attached

It would be easy to believe that most grantmaking is complex, even to believe it should be complex. Read the philanthropy news sources. Funders are praised for their wall-sized strategy maps, multi-year evaluation projects, and drive for scientific evidence and stellar nonprofit performance. Attend nonprofit and fundraising conferences. Multi-step application processes, long application reviews, and [...]

Transparency in Grantmaking

If you’ve written a grant proposal, you know the drill. You send it off to the funder. If you’re lucky, the funder asks you some questions after reading the proposal. If you’re really lucky, the funder comes on-site to see your great work in action. They’ll also likely drill you for details of your financial [...]