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Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Building Movement Project Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Reflects on the Grantee-Grantmaker Relationship

Building Movement Project co-director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

“When grantmakers go looking for feedback from their grantees, they can ask a lot of questions,” writes Building Movement Project (BMP) Co-Director Sean Thomas-Breitfeld. “But grilling grantees and listening to them are two different things, and the distinction is as much about intent as impact.”

The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSRI), in partnership with Grantmakers for Effective …   Read more

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Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

This is a repost of an article first published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 

By Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, & Sridhar Prasad Summer 2016
A new grantmaking approach is needed – one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services. The first step toward achieving that is …   Read more

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A Conversation with Rajasvini Bhansali of IDEX on their 30th Anniversary

The past weekend was IDEX’s 30th anniversary. International Development Exchange (IDEX) is a TWI multi-year grantee and also a funding partner. Before the IDEX 30th celebration I was able to catch up with the executive director, Rajasvini Bhansali, and talk with her about IDEX’s history, their views on equity and theory of change, general operating …   Read more

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Small Can Be Big

Based on feedback from their third CEP Grantee Perception Report, Don Howard of the Irvine Foundation announced this week their intention to make some changes. Namely, providing more general operating support, being more flexible about grantee timelines and objectives, and deepening staff engagement. As with Darren Walker’s letter from the Ford Foundation, I am encouraged …   Read more

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Reversing the Trust Equation: What If Funders Had to Prove Our Trustworthiness (Instead of Grantees Having to Prove Theirs)?

Lately I’ve been inspired by the notion of changing the rules of the philanthropy game here in the U.S., like Professor Ray Madoff’s challenge to institutions with over six hundred billion dollar endowments be required to pay out more than 5% and stop using “charities” as tax shelters for amassing wealth.  Professor Madoff’s ideas seem …   Read more

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