Tips for Effective Grantee Relations

What are the characteristics of a win-win relationship for grantmaker and nonprofit alike? This checklist may help. Be willing to apologize. Return phone calls. Admit when you don’t know. Ask. Be truthful, compassionate, considerate. Ask advice. Admit error. Listen. Listen. Make people comfortable. Don’t withhold information that is appropriate and important to give. Walk a mile in a grantseeker’s shoes. They pinch.