Andy Carroll Recent Posts

Funders: Considering Collaboration? Start With a Light Touch and See Where It Leads

This post originally appeared on Blackbaud’s sgENGAGE blog. When smaller, place-based foundations collaborate and align their work, they provide unique value to local communities and nonprofits. Still, many foundations shy away from working together, assuming it will require considerable time and a loss of independence.   Funder collaboration need not be burdensome. Nor does it require... Read More

Why Your Net Grant Matters

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

When Advocacy Looks More Like Partnership: Inside the Work of a Successful Funders Coalition

When we strip away the messaging and maneuvering in politics, it’s clear that governments and foundations across the country often seek common goals. Among these are: Strengthening education and vocational training Increasing access to childcare and healthcare Creating jobs and new businesses Safeguarding the environment Unfortunately, government and foundations tend to operate in silos. They... Read More

Are You Using Your Power, or Leaving It on the Table?

Power is taboo. We’re uncomfortable that some wield greater strength and influence, and use it to hold sway over others. In spite of our laws and regulations, our checks and balances, our moral and social norms nurturing restraint and respect, people use power to bend rules; exclude and disenfranchise; distort facts and disseminate misinformation; manufacture... Read More