Overheard: Joe Konen on What Makes a Thoughtful Grassroots Grantmaker

“I like the way Neighborhood Connections tries to give every group that puts a proposal forward the chance to come in for an interview. I see the interviews as helpful to the group, as well as informative to our grantmaking. The grantmaking committee can’t just see itself as a gatekeeper, as a decider; it has to see itself as strengthening the group that applied."

- Joe Konen on his experiences as a member of Neighborhood Connections, a small grants program affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation.

Check out the whole podcast on GrantSpace to hear more about Konen’s experiences and thoughts on grassroots grantmaking.

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