Giving Compass’ Take:
· David Robinson provides five suggestions to improve the relationship between grant seekers and grant makers and the sector as a whole.
· How can grantmakers be smarter about their funding initiatives? How does Robinson suggest donors and grantmakers disperse their funds?
· Read about the five best practices of extraordinary grantmakers.
I’ve spent forty two years working in the voluntary sector and about thirty seven of them worrying about money. Grant seekers and grant makers need one another. The relationship should be close and collaborative. In practice my experience has often been different — too much second guessing; distrust; unexplained and inexplicable decision making; gaming and borderline deceit. Not all the time of course, and certainly not as often as when I began my working life — behaviour on both sides has improved hugely and there are wonderful examples of very good practice — but the big picture is still not good enough.
There are lots of tweaks that could be made and there are lots of better practices that could be learnt from the best and more widely adopted. But in my funding utopia both sides would go further than that.
Here are my five suggestions from the third horizon. They overlap and they contradict one another because the world is messy and because no single model is an answer to everything. Most of all, they challenge common practice.
- Support organisations that don’t know what they’re doing
- And then also honour the copycats
- Give an extra 50% to the organisations that keep asking for the same thing
- Fund in phases, not in full
- Make grants. Then ask for applications.
Read the full article about the relationship between grant seekers and grant makers by David Robinson at Medium.
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