Andy Carroll, Author at Exponent Philanthropy

Andy Carroll Recent Posts

What Grantees Want: Publicizing Your Partners and Their Work

Do you actively publicize your grantee partners and the work they do? If not, you should strongly consider it. Whenever we field our Grantee and Applicant Perception Surveys (GAPS), respondents frequently express wanting funders and foundations to do more to publicize their organizations and work. The following anonymous quotes are a small sample of what... Read More

A Call for Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy

Philanthropy is ever-changing. Pressing issues and seismic political, economic, and technological shifts move us to revisit how we work regularly. Urgency, passion, curiosity, and the desire to engage drive some lean funders (those with few or no staff) to center their giving around authentic relationships with grantees and community members. This type of Catalytic Leadership... Read More

Small Funders Are Perfectly Positioned To Be Advocates

Some of the most effective foundations engaged in policy and advocacy in the United States are small, place-based foundations. By focusing deeply, developing insight into their issue, leveraging their reputation and relationships, and working with persistence, these funders are achieving extraordinary impact and a high return on their investment. Our Advocacy Field Guide for Lean... Read More

What the Law Requires When Making Grants

The law requires very little when making grants to most domestic public charities. Other than knowing a grantee’s tax status—your foundation has a great deal of flexibility. However, I regularly encounter funders, foundation staff and professional advisors who do not know this. What the Law Requires When Making Grants A few years ago, Project Streamline... Read More

Why Your Net Grant Matters

What is a net grant and why does it matter? Well, time is money and grantees incur costs while applying for grants. For instance, think about how long it could take a nonprofit to customize their financial documents to your specifications, and language to your unique questions and formatting. According to Project Streamline, nonprofits can... Read More