Andy Carroll Recent Posts

A Call for Creative Catalytic Philanthropy

Philanthropy doesn’t stand still. Pressing issues and seismic political, economic, and technological shifts move us to regularly revisit and renew how we work. Urgency, passion, inquisitiveness, and a desire to engage is driving a number of lean funders (those with few or no staff) to center their giving around authentic relationships with grantees and members... Read More

Why Your Net Grant Matters

When you make a $10,000 grant, the value to your grantee may be $9,000. When you make a $20,000 grant, the value may be $17,500. Grantees incur costs preparing your grant application. Time is money, and it takes time for nonprofits to fit language to your unique questions and format, and customize financial documents to your specifications. Nonprofits... Read More

Find Your Guiding Purpose in Philanthropy

Contributing your full self, the best that you can be, is important in any kind of enterprise. In small-staffed philanthropy, it’s essential. Small funders who’ve made significant, outsized impact often say the knowledge, relationships, “street savvy,” and reputation they leveraged played the crucial role. They will say, “Money wasn’t the most important thing. It was... Read More