We want to focus our grantmaking in hopes of having more impact, but how? There are so many competing needs and interests.

There is no one right way to settle on a focus, and many foundations use a combination of the methods. Here are 7 ways to find your focus, courtesy of Exponent Philanthropy members. Our online resources include many other articles and publications on the topic of focused giving.

It’s important to recognize that settling on a focus is not necessarily an easy step—especially if your foundation has functioned in an unfocused manner for some time. Recognize where you may need help to have productive conversations, and involve a consultant to guide you, if necessary.

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