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.
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
Less time spent on paperwork, and more time for genuine learning and conversation with grantees
Allows for deeper, more interactive relationships with grantees