Scanning the Landscape

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Scanning, or taking time to learn how your foundation can be most effective in a community or field of interest, is a seldom discussed but powerful strategy for small foundations.

Scanning can be done in ways that fit your time, budget, and operating style. Some foundations scan just once when settling on a mission or focus area; others scan on a smaller scale once or twice a year to inform their strategies.

Among Exponent Philanthropy members, scanning builds capacity. It allows them to settle on a mission, choose a focus area, or refine a grantmaking strategy.

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