Give Multi-Year, Unrestricted Funding

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Unrestricted funding over time is essential for creating healthy, adaptive, effective organizations.


 
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Suggestions

• Make commitments for more than one year

• Trust that nonprofits know best how to spend grant money

 
 

Benefits

• Supports the stability of grantee organizations and reduces stress on Executive Directors

• Encourages risk taking, creativity, innovation, and emergent action instead of sticking to proposal outcomes that may become outdated

• Supports grantees’ long-term planning by allowing them to project resources and make strategic investments to meet emerging needs

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From the Blog

“When we provide unrestricted support, we find that we start our relationships with grantees from a place of trust, rather than implicit distrust. And when that happens, something shifts in the power dynamic.”

— John Esterle, The Whitman Institute

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