Inside Foundant – the Blog

3 Tips for Measuring Impact

About Mark Larimer Over the last 10 years, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with over 1,000 funders. A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of sharing some of what we’ve learned during that time with the Exponent Philanthropy audience on Philanthrophiles through a blog titled From Our Work with 1,000 Funders: 3 Tips for Measuring Impact. This is definitely a hot topic right …     Continue Reading »

GuideStar for Grant Applications: The Next Big Thing in Grants Management

The Problem While the core of every grant application is a set of unique questions that each foundation or funder needs to know, much of the information before and after that is, in reality, quite duplicative. What if nonprofits could focus just on those unique sections of grant applications, while saving time by having the repetitive fields already populated? How much time could that save …     Continue Reading »

Outcomes: Making Future Grantmaking Better

Defining success in grantmaking has been a topic of discussion in nonprofit circles for many years. Recently, it has become the hot topic in philanthropic circles. While most grantmakers can agree that helping grantees achieve success with their projects is a key objective, the biggest obstacle is often open communication about results is often limited. Learning from both failures and successes is important to improving …     Continue Reading »

Keep It Simple: Initiatives to Eliminate Busywork and Save Time

Most people agree that the traditional grant application process has been cumbersome and resource intensive for both grantmakers and the nonprofits seeking funds. Fortunately, based on self-awareness gained through honest and transparent conversations with grantees, many funders are rethinking their grant processes. Important initiatives like Project Streamline from Grants Managers Network (GMN) are providing further guidance and a framework of simple steps to make the …     Continue Reading »

Should Grantmakers Move Online?

Online Grants and Scholarship Management vs. Online Applications Have you been considering online options for your grantmaking? If you answered “yes,” then you’re probably aware of all the options that are available. Everything from simple Google forms and spreadsheets to huge installed systems with all the “bells and whistles.” And all the information might seem overwhelming if you’re not sure of exactly what you need. The …     Continue Reading »