Before entering into a grantmaking relationship, the onus of due diligence should be on the grantmaker, not the grantseeker.
Reduce pre-proposal requirements for grant applicants
Be proactive in getting to know prospective grantees through research and asking for recommendations
Use available public records to understand a prospective grantee’s purpose, programs, leadership, and financial standing
Look beyond your usual circles to identify organizations that are aligned with your foundation’s values and vision, but that may be overlooked due to implicit bias
Alleviates power imbalance by putting the onus of due diligence on the grantmaker
Saves grantees from wasting time on unnecessary paperwork in early vetting stages
Paves the way for a more trusting and rewarding relationship with grantees