What do funders typically say when declining a grant request?

Our sample documents library includes sample declination letters from fellow Exponent Philanthropy members, which you are encouraged to download and adapt for your needs. You may also find this foundation’s Guidelines for Saying No to be helpful.

Although saying no is never easy, two foundation members share how the experience can be turned into something positive:

Saying No and Making a Difference

Just Say No: The Art of the Turndown

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