Understanding My Role

Map of the Craft - Refreshed!

What helps funders get beyond the basics? We asked hundreds of funders this question and charted their answers. This Map of the Craft identifies seven challenges in grantmaking, as well as the practices and skills that can help you meet them.

 
Next Gen Donors

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Next Gen Donors: Shaping the Future of Philanthropy

GrantCraft joined the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and 21/64 in listening to and reflecting upon the voices of a selected group of major donors in their 20s and 30s. Next Gen Donors: Shaping the Future of Philanthropy, a GrantCraft companion guide to a larger study, captures what interviewees find to be distinctive about themselves and their peers. By tapping into the “practical wisdom” of U.S. next gen donors, this piece explores the different ways in which they learn, engage, and approach their roles in philanthropy.

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  • Hunger for engagement: grantees, families, peers, other funders
  • New ways of learning: ideas, approaches, and people
  • Importance of now: deep interest in applying their skills sooner rather than later
Personal Strategy

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Personal Strategy

Grantmaking involves many challenging moments when one has to turn down a good proposal, advocate for new ideas, or negotiate terms for a troubled project. Organized around ideas about role, self, and system, this guide offers you a personal strategy framework for being effective in difficult situations with grantees and inside your foundation.

Highlights

  • Understanding one's role and why it matters
  • Thinking like a natural in difficult situations
  • Reflective practice techniques for effectiveness

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Roles@Work Card Deck

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Roles@Work Card Deck

Grantmakers manage a lot of expectations about their work. We've talked with hundreds of grantmakers about what their foundations and grantees expect of them to get their work done – and what they expect of themselves. Our card deck, a tool we've named Roles@Work, collects the 29 roles funders mentioned most often.