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Giving Compass' Take:
• In this GrantCraft post, Julian Grace Foundation Executive Director Alison Lopez reflects on her previous experiences as a fundraiser and what it taught her about the challenges nonprofits face.
• Getting a perspective from the grantee side should be valuable for many funders, especially those who are looking to increase transparency in their relationships.
Moving directly from a full-time job raising money to a full-time job as a grantmaker has led me to a bit of an identity crisis at times. I have found myself griping about foundations’ actions, while simultaneously realizing I am now one of them (and probably at times have been part of the problem). I also have much more appreciation for the amazing program officers I worked with as a fundraiser, who had easy applications, treated me with respect, and always responded to my emails (among other things).
Perhaps because of my dual experience, I’ve thought a lot about what I’ve tried to carry forward in my current role. Here’s are my top seven takeaways that I hope prove helpful for other philanthropic practitioners, especially those that have never been on the “asking” side.
- It’s VERY stressful to raise money.
- Most of the time, nonprofits have no idea why something wasn’t funded.
- Nonprofits budget based on what was received the previous year.
- It’s a fundraisers job to ask for money and generally never give up.
- Nonprofits will jump through any hoop you ask them, so be kind with this power.
- There’s a never-ending list of deadlines for nonprofits, which is why they’re always turning grants in the day they are due.
- Making something due January 1st is really a terrible idea.
Read the full article about advice for foundations from a former fundraiser by Alison Lopez at GrantCraft.