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More Than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant

Publication date: 
12/2008
Most of foundations’ efforts to contribute ‘beyond the money’ has little beneficial impact on grantees. More than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant reveals that only when foundation staff provide assistance beyond the grant in one of two ways do grantees report a substantially more positive experience with their funders. Three exemplary foundations are profiled: Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Winter Park Health Foundation, and the Wallace Foundation.
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Using Competitions and RFPs: Requests for Proposals

Publication date: 
12/2004
When does it make sense to hold a grant competition or use an RFP? In addition to looking at management issues to consider along the way, this guide explores how grant makers shape competitions to serve larger strategic goals, communicate with wider audiences, create a learning community, and find ways to work with those who are not selected.
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Saying Yes/Saying No: Strengthening Your Decision-Giving Skills

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06/2004
Most grant makers review more proposals than they can recommend for funding. Decision making about what to fund is challenging and so is decision giving to hopeful applicants. How do you say Yes, or No, so that grant applicants understand your foundation's rationale, feel that they've been treated fairly, and can make realistic plans about their next steps? This guide offers observations and suggestions from grant makers and grantees to make this task easier and more meaningful.
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Scanning the Landscape

Publication date: 
04/2004
Scanning is no longer something done only when planning a new program or contemplating a shift in strategy. Using learning networks, grant makers are starting to scan continuously, looking beyond the usual sources to find innovative organizations and fresh ideas. GrantCraft asked seven grant makers how they build networks to discover the unexpected in their fields and communities:
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