Working with Grantees

To many nonprofits, foundation operations are shrouded in mystery. Because prospective grantees are seeking funding from foundations, there may be a perceived power imbalance. However, building strong and effective relationships with grantees can help foundations develop new knowledge and insights into issues, and to test and scale innovative strategies. Open communication, approachability, sharing lessons learned, and collaborative evaluation are key to developing strong partnerships with grantees.

Resources are free or for Council members.

Data: Not Another Four Letter Word

Grantmaking Application Process Resource Guide: A Grantmaking Primer

Tips for Effective Grantee Relations

Exiting Responsibly: Best Donor Practices in Ending Field Support

The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy

Building Community Capacity for Participation in Evaluation

Sample Grant Agreement Letter

A Colleague’s Perspective on Site Visits

Sample Grant Close-Out Form

Grant Evaluation Approaches and Methods

What to Require of Grantees

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