Offer Support Beyond the Check

Responsive, adaptive non-monetary support can help foster healthier organizations by bolstering leadership and capacity.



  • Introduce grantees to other funders and like-minded organizations (especially important if grantees are cycling off of funding)

  • Serve as a sounding board or provide counsel to grantee partners, as requested

  • Highlight grantees’ work in your newsletter, on your website, on webinars, and/or during conference presentations

  • Provide spaces for reflection, learning, and connection

  • Build and nurture peer learning networks

  • Host restorative retreats geared toward inspiration and renewal



  • Helps build the capacity and strength of leaders and organizations over time

  • Fosters a deeper sense of connection to grantees and their work

  • Creates opportunities to learn more about grantees’ work and organizational context


From the Blog

“A trust-based approach is way more fun, creative and interesting than the traditional project-based, top-down approach. It allows you to always be in a learning mode. As funders, we should strive for continuous learning and improvement, rather than focusing on how we’ve ‘nailed it’.” —Carrie Avery, Durfee Foundation