Topic: “Grantmaking”

Ways to Let the Public Know You Give Grants

Here are ideas for foundations—new or well-established—looking to expand program areas or grantseeker pools: Distribute your mission and guidelines on your website or at local nonprofit events. Talk with other foundations that have similar program interests. They sometimes can refer grantees to you. Ask if your regional association of grantmakers publishes a directory of funders.... Read More

Values-Based Giving During the Great Recession

Given the tremendous and rapid changes in resources and community needs during the Great Recession, foundations reevaluated their work and responded to this new and complex environment. For guidance, some foundations turned to other organizations and experts for recommendations. Others looked inward and used their own missions, values, and histories to respond. What does it... Read More

Understanding Nonprofit Financials

A fairly simple review using any of the following sources will give you information about a nonprofit’s finances. As you get more comfortable with financials or seek detailed information about particular organizations, you can examine financials more extensively: Charity rating services—These Web-based rating services are great starting points for information about nonprofits you are considering.... Read More

The Benefits of Program Related Investments: One Foundation’s Story

As a direct result of a dramatic increase in the foundation’s asset base, the Hutton Foundation decided to offer program related investments (PRIs) to nonprofit organizations. This growth necessitated a quick increase in annual distributions to meet the 5% annual payout requirement set by the Internal Revenue Service. A portion of the foundation’s annual distributions... Read More

Ten Ways to Streamline

Over time, foundations have evolved specialized applications and reports to gather information and invest wisely. Unfortunately, the unintended effect has been to impose significant administrative burdens on nonprofits. Project Streamline, a national effort by foundations and grantseekers, has documented the paperwork burden and made recommendations for streamlining. To understand the need for streamlining, consider this:... Read More

Supporting Nonprofit Collaboration: Respectful Ways to Help Your Grantees Accomplish More Together

When initiated from the ground up—from the nonprofits themselves—collaborations can serve communities effectively and efficiently. Strong collaborations maximize nonprofits’ impact by providing administrative stability; decreasing duplication, competition, and overlap of services; and bringing more diverse approaches to complex social and environmental problems. Funders are uniquely positioned to cultivate and support nonprofit collaborations, and to do... Read More