What’s the state of grantseeking in 2017? What’s the value of written foundation policies? What’s the best way to communicate about a project or share a grant story? All these answers, and more, below in our Foundant Resource Roundup: Best of June 2017!
As a leader in the nonprofit sector part of your job is to know about the latest trends and to apply lessons learned by others to the strategic development of your organization. We are here to help you do just that.
The primary objectives of the twice-yearly State of Grantseeking Report are to help you both understand the recent trends in grantseeking and identify benchmarks to help you measure your own success in the field.
by Ruth Masterson, Exponent Philanthropy
I can’t count the number of times a member has called with a sticky situation – how to handle a conflict of interest or a board member not pulling his or her weight – but, when I ask about what expectations or policies are written down, I learn that there’s nothing in place. That’s an awkward time for the board to decide what the foundation’s policy is! Having policies in writing is one of the best ways to avoid being tripped up by such problems.
Foundations are uniquely poised to support higher-risk projects, and as a result, failures can happen. Recently, I was searching online for examples on how to share the story about a grant that had some unexpected outcomes and found that, while the field strives to be transparent, it can still be a challenge to learn about initiatives that didn’t go as planned.