The following links and resources have been selected to provide grantmakers with a quick reference to useful sources of information on different aspects of foundation grantmaking. Many of the resources listed are available in pdf format and can be printed directly from the sites.
Getting to Impact through Planning, 2011, Exponent Philanthropy. A very useful step by step primer for small foundations.
Scanning the Landscape 2.0: Finding Out What’s Going on in Your Field, 2012, GrantCraft.
Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A national study of philanthropic practice, 2012, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).
The Philanthropy Road Map Series, ongoing, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. A suite of tools to guide donors through planning, implementing and sustaining effective philanthropy.
Due Diligence Done Well: A Guide for Grantmakers, 2010, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). A primer and a guidebook to the process of gathering information about prospective grantees during pre-grant assessment.
Funding for Impact: How to Design Strategic Grantmaking Programs, 2006, TCC Group. Explores six steps in designing a grantmaking program for grantmakers undertaking new programs or those rethinking existing programs.
Mapping Change: Using a Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation, 2005, Grantcraft. A guide explaining how funders can use a theory of change to develop strong action plans.
The Grantmaking Tango: Issues for Funders, 2004, by Julia Unwin, The Baring Foundation, London. A comprehensive 95-page guide to the choices and strategies that grantmakers face.
Making the Grant
Saying Yes/Saying No to Applicants, 2005, Grantcraft. A guide that reviews basic decision rules, helps grantmakers to understand grant seeker expectations, and discusses managing roles and rationale for decisions.
Using Competitions and RFPs, 2005, Grantcraft. A guide exploring how grant makers decide whether to use an RFP (Request for Proposal), how to shape competition to serve grantmakers’ goals, and ways to manage the process.
A Consumers Guide To Grants Management Systems, November 2013, Idealware.
Grant Making With a Gender Lens, 2005, Grantcraft. A guide on how to use gender analysis in grant making, how it can help grantees become more effective, and how it can be applied to foundations.
Working With Grantees
The Donor-Grantee Trap: How ineffective collaboration undermines philanthropic results for society, and what can be done about it, 2011, Thomas J. Tierney and Richard Steele, The Bridgespan Group.
Do Nothing About Me Without Me: An Action Guide for Engaging Stakeholders, 2010, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). The publication itself is only available to GEO members, a six-page executive summary is available on the GEO web site.
Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback, 2014, Center for Effective Philanthropy.
When Projects Flounder, 2005, Grantcraft. A guide helping grant makers to recognize warning signs of a failing project, to decide whether to intervene, and how to shape a response to the situation.
Funder Collaboration: A Framework, June 2013. Presentation given by Hilary Pearson as part of a panel discussion on Accelerating Your Impact: Exploring the strategy of funder collaboration during the 2013 Community Foundations of Canada conference Inspiring Smart & Caring Communities.Funder Collaboration: Resources List.
Collective Impact: Venturing on an Unfamiliar Road, 2010, Hilary Pearson, The Philanthropist.
Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work, 2012, Fay Hanleybrown, John Kania and Mark Kramer, Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Catalyzing Networks for Social Change: A funder’s guide, 2012, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and Monitor Institute.
Needle-Moving Community Collaboratives: A Promising Approach to Addressing America’s Biggest Challenges, 2012, Michele Jolin, Paul Schmitz, and Willa Seldon, The Bridgespan Group.
Funder Collaboratives: Why and How Funders Work Together, 2009, Grantcraft. Asks: Can foundations make a bigger impact with grant dollars by working together than by going it alone? Yes, as long as members define their goals, set clear operational guidelines, and work from the start to make the collaborative function well for grantees.
Principles for Effective Education Grantmaking, 2005, Grantmakers for Education.
Advancing Good Governance: How Grantmakers Invest in the Governance of NonProfit Organizations, 2009, by Kathy Hedge, Eva Nico and Lindsay Fox of Board Source and FSG Social Impact Advisors.
Nonprofit Sector’s Leadership Deficit, 2006, Thomas J. Tierney. Outlines three imperatives that must be addressed in the nonprofit sector: investment in leadership capacity; refining management rewards to retain and attract talent; and expanding recruiting horizons and fostering individual career mobility.
Investing in Leadership, Volume 1: A Grantmaker’s Framework for Understanding Nonprofit Leadership Development, 2005, Betsy Hubbard and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Investing in Leadership, Volume 2: Inspiration and Ideas from Philanthropy’s Latest Frontier, 2006, Kathleen P. Enright, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Public Policy Grantmaking Toolkit, 2005, Northern California Grantmakers.
Foundations and Public Policy Grantmaking, 2008, by Julia Coffman, The James Irvine Foundation.
Cultivating Rural Prosperity : A Case for Investment, Inspiration and Innovation, 2005, Foundation for Rural Living. Final report of the Rural Philanthropy Roundtable.
Lessons from Foundations on Technology Capacity Building, 2015, Idealware.
Women and Philanthropy
Women and Philanthropy: Giving by and for Women and Girls, Summer 2008, Philanthropy Australia. Looks at the growth in numbers and influence of women in philanthropy.