Simplify & Streamline Paperwork

Nonprofit staff spend an inordinate amount of time on funder-driven paperwork; they will be more effective if they are freed up to concentrate on mission.


 
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Suggestions

  • Accept proposals and reports written for other funders

  • Before inviting a full proposal, use a screening process (such as a short LOI) that can help determine whether funding is likely

  • Consider taking a conversational approach to learning about grantees’ work, via phone calls or in-person meetings

 
 

Benefits

  • Less time spent on paperwork, and more time for genuine learning and conversation with grantees

  • Allows for deeper, more interactive relationships with grantees

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From the Blog

“We find that phone conversations are much more interactive than written reports, and they give us an opportunity to keep building depth in our relationships with grantees.”

—Dimple Abichandani, General Service Foundation