GrantCraft combines the practical wisdom of funders worldwide with the expertise of the Foundation Center to improve the practice of philanthropy. Since 2001, GrantCraft has delivered the knowledge funders need to be strategic and effective in their work, addressing questions funders face across various strategies and issue areas.
Our free resources come in more than 10 languages and multiple formats, including guides, infographics, cases, blogs, podcasts, and interactive tools. This diverse suite of GrantCraft-developed content is complemented by other Foundation Center resources and external contributions, making GrantCraft your go-to place for thinking critically about philanthropy and building skills for effective grantmaking. Registered visitors are encouraged to add their voice and perspective to GrantCraft in order to strengthen the field of knowledge and support foundation transparency efforts. Read more about this new website.
GrantCraft resources are designed to benefit a global network of funders, including board members, executives, program staff, grants managers, and just about anyone else who works for a foundation. The GrantCraft community of registered visitors is more than 50,000 strong and represents a range of people in the social sector, including funders, nonprofit staff, philanthropy network staff, academics, and consultants. So, although our content is primarily derived from the wisdom of funders, we’re proud that such a broad spectrum of practitioners finds value in these resources.
Understanding that funders generally arrive at their position through routes other than formal education programs, the Ford Foundation started GrantCraft in 2001 as a project to help its program officers learn on the job and from each other. In the decade that followed, GrantCraft grew into a collection of practical wisdom aimed at helping grantmakers from all organizations get beyond the basics and work more effectively. In 2011, GrantCraft became a service of the Foundation Center in New York and the European Foundation Centre in Brussels, a collaboration that continued for three years. During this time new content, partnerships, formats, and translations were developed. As of April 2014, GrantCraft is led solely by the Foundation Center and is housed in its Strategic Philanthropy department.
GrantCraft is committed to strengthening its collection of resources and to cultivating an engaged community of global funders. GrantCraft’s new chapter will be characterized by closer ties to the Foundation Center and increased opportunities for diverse funders to share with and learn from each other’s unique perspectives. Technology will also play an important role as we leverage innovative tools to promote the development of new content, expanded curation of external resources, and a strengthened community.