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GrantCraft is a valued resource for learning and sharing the craft of grantmaking. By publishing resources and facilitating the exchange of information among funders around the world, GrantCraft increases the collective knowledge of the field and improves the practice of philanthropy. GrantCraft’s signature approach has been to tap the "practical wisdom" of a diverse group of experienced practitioners. In doing so, GrantCraft has amassed a set of tools and techniques that are now available as guides, videos, cases, translations, a map of the craft, and more.

GrantCraft’s History
GrantCraft was launched by the Ford Foundation in 2001 to fill a critical knowledge gap in philanthropy. Starting out with a small collection of case studies and examples that served as orientation materials for the foundation’s program officers, in the decade that followed, GrantCraft was developed into a store of practical wisdom aimed at helping grantmakers from all organizations get beyond the basics and work more effectively.

GrantCraft entered a new stage in 2011, when it became a project of the Foundation Center and the European Foundation Centre. Two directors — Jen Bokoff in New York City and Rosien Herweijer in Brussels — guide GrantCraft’s growth and activities in the U.S. and around the world.

GrantCraft’s Future
GrantCraft is committed to strengthening its collection of resources and serving the global community of funders. This new era of GrantCraft will involve publishing new and updated guides and providing more opportunities for users to engage with — and learn from — each other.

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