The Best Practices for Improving Grantmaking

By Aaron Lester on 10/08/2015


Committed grantmakers are always looking to update, revise, and perfect their practices. Ask any grantmaker what they think about the state of their work (or any grantee for that matter), and they’ll probably give you a laundry list of ways they think the grantmaking process could be improved to ultimately make advancements in the issues they care about most.

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Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Finds Insights Through Data

By Jaime Morocco on 09/23/2015


For 16 years, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation had been using a widely respected software solution to help keep track of the grantmaking process, but Andrea Dobson, Chief Operating & Financial Officer at the foundation found it tedious and inefficient.

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Knight Foundation: Poised to Revolutionize Grantmaking

By Aaron Lester on 08/11/2015

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes 450 to 500 grants a year worth some $125 million. The foundation is considered one of the premier grantmakers in the country. But that didn’t stop the folks at Knight from wanting to be even more impactful.

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What Should My Grants Management Solution Do for Me?

By Aaron Lester on 08/03/2015


Grantmaking can be a complex and time consuming venture, even for relatively small or mid-sized grantmakers, to say nothing of the foundations paying out grants in the millions or even billions of dollars. Managing the entire process – tracking scores of applications, reviewers, requirements, and payments all simultaneously – takes serious planning, foresight, and a good grants management software solution.

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