Beyond Grantmaking: On-Ramps to Nongrant Strategies

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Funders are learning something exciting: By combining grants with research, technical assistance, convening, connecting, advocacy, mobilization, and other kinds of direct action, philanthropists are changing—and sometimes completely transforming—their philanthropy.

Funders with few or no staff are especially skilled at this kind of philanthropy: intimately connected to their towns, regions, and partners. With less bureaucracy, and having close ties to those they serve, such funders find it natural to leverage their dollars with knowledge, expertise, connections, and their unique perspective across the community.

How do some funders come to this transition? What paved the way for the shift?

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