Most funders review more proposals than they can recommend for funding. Decision making about what to fund is challenging and so is decision giving to hopeful applicants. How do you say Yes, or No, so that grant applicants understand your foundation's rationale, feel that they've been treated fairly, and can make realistic plans about their next steps? This guide offers observations and suggestions from funders and grantees to make this task easier and more meaningful.
Are grantseekers reading too much into your site visits? Should you schedule fewer visits — or make them only to "sure thing" groups — thus perpetuating a misperception? Here experienced grantmakers share advice on how they recognize factors that influence grantseeker expectations — and how hey avoid needlessly raising hopes.Read More »
“I wanted their thinking, not necessarily a proposal.”
Other grantmakers pointed out that part of that job is to work with executives and trustees — outside of discussions about pending grant proposals.Read More »
One grantmaker reported she has simply learned over time “to be more confident in expressing my judgments to people so that I don’t get into long discussions or pseudo-arguments.” But for another grantmaker, engaging in dialogue with grant seekers “is why I am here.”Read More »
This guide is designed to help grantmakers understand and manage the dynamics of decision giving with applicants. Because it explores ways you might navigate difficult situations more effectively, you may find it useful to review this guide at different times, including:
This guide is meant not only for grantmakers, but for anyone in a grantmaking organization whose responsibilities include communicating with the people who apply for funding: