GrantCraft cases explore the common, practical problems that all grantmakers face. They outline real questions and challenges, allowing readers to draw their own conclusions and compare their choices with the decisions actually made at the time. Whether your group is interested in an in-depth discussion or a shorter shoptalk conversation, cases are ideal for workshops, retreats, staff meetings, or classrooms.

 

Small Mothers, Musicians and Mathematics


In 2012, GrantCraft published Funding for Inclusion — Women and Girls in the Equation to give practitioners in European foundations inspiration and ideas on how to play a more active role in improving the position of women and girls worldwide.

This case story, "Small Mothers, Musicians and Mathematics," describes an example of a foundation in Turkey that works in urban communities to address social injustice and is deliberate in its focus on girls with their activities and services.

 
 
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Case Studies: Explore a situation in depth

      • SMALL MOTHERS, MUSICIANS AND MATHEMATICS

        A foundation in Turkey works in urban communities to address social injustice and is deliberate in its focus on girls with their activities and services.

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      • PROGRAMMING A BLANK SLATE

        Imagine starting a new grant-making program from scratch - no prior grantees, no established procedures, no set objectives. One grantmaker's experience in starting a rural program illustrates some of the questions you'd need to answer.

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      • INHERITING A GRANT PORTFOLIO

        Put yourself in the shoes of a grantmaker who takes over a longstanding program, only to learn that it needs to be slimmed down and made more effective. This case surveys the landscape, then lets you decide what to do.

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      • BUILDING FINANCIAL STRENGTH & PROGRAM QUALITY

        Work alongside a grantmaker who created a new program to strengthen community foundations - building both their financial wealth and the effectiveness of their programs. What choices would you have made?

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BriefCases: Talk through a strategy or practice

      • BRIEFCASES

        Grantmakers briefly describe how they applied an approach, a principle, or a tool in their work. Each study appears in a GrantCraft guide.

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Video Companions: Watch and discuss a GrantCraft video

      • STARTING AS A NEW GRANTMAKER

        This step-by-step guide takes a deeper look at the grant-making issues explored in this video case. It's designed to help both individual readers and workshop organizers with topics for them to think through.

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      • REVITALIZING A NETWORK

        Follow a grant maker as she shifts the role of her foundation from a position of leadership to one of support.

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      • FUNDER COLLABORATIVES

        Collaborating with other funders can help increase not just your reach as a grant maker, but also the scope and vision of your work.

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