Thoughts on an Innovative Approach to Grantmaking

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in community engagement, foundations, grantwriting, nonproft, philanthropy, Uncategorized |

Through my work, I help nonprofits seek and secure funding, often from private foundations.  It’s a challenging process, for many reasons.  Most important, there is not enough money to go around.  Tough choices have to be made.   In order to make those tough choices most effectively, foundations sometimes experiment with new approaches to philanthropy. I mentioned in any earlier post that I had participated in a novel process called the Connect...

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A View from the Grant Reviewing Trenches

Posted by on Nov 6, 2012 in foundations, grantwriting, nonproft, philanthropy, Uncategorized |

This is a follow up to my last blog post where I discussed the Connect for Health Challenge.  As a citizen reviewer, I read and rated hundreds of online grant proposals.  It was quite educational.  I’d like to share with you a few of my impressions of what made a good proposal and what didn’t.  In the plus column, I liked proposals that: Presented a solid idea (which should go without saying) Explained ideas in context (such as history and...

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