Give Multi-Year, Unrestricted Funding


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



• Make commitments for more than one year

• Trust that nonprofits know best how to spend grant money



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risk taking, creativity, innovation, and emergent action instead of sticking to proposal outcomes that may become outdated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


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