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The insider's guide to grantmaking : how foundations find, fund, and manage effective programs
Orosz, Joel J.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, [2000]

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xvi, 303 pages ; 24 cm.
Making sense of the grantmaking universe -- Grantmaking : the human factor -- Building relationships with applicants -- Reviewing proposals -- Declining proposals -- Responding to proposals -- Site visits -- Writing the funding document -- Presenting the funding document -- Managing the project -- Closing the project -- Leveraging impact -- Influencing policy -- Initiative-based grantmaking -- The ethics of grantmaking.
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Unlike many formal professions, foundation grantmaking is a calling with no training programs and little definitive literature on the latest and best practices. Written for program officers and of considerable value to grantseekers, this volume is the first and only practical guide to making foundation grants and developing essential skills for effective and ethical grantmaking. Author Joel J. Orosz provides: The history, structure, and function of foundations in society. The complex role that program officers play in their day-to-day activities. Real-world advice on a myriad of tasks--from meeting with applicants and reviewing their proposals to assisting the funded project and managing foundation initiatives. A useful overview for those new to the field, helps more experienced program officers to think more deeply about their work, and shares rich insights for the thousands of nonprofit leaders who pursue foundation grants.

Author Notes

Joel J. Orosz is the senior program director in the Philanthropy and Volunteerism programming area of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The Authorp. xv
Prologue: Foundations--Their History, Structure, and Societal Rolep. 1
1 Making Sense of the Grantmaking Universep. 25
2 Grantmaking: The Human Factorp. 38
3 Building Relationships with Applicantsp. 53
4 Reviewing Proposalsp. 66
5 Declining Proposalsp. 96
6 Responding to Proposalsp. 110
7 Site Visitsp. 130
8 Writing the Funding Documentp. 143
9 Presenting the Funding Documentp. 153
10 Managing the Projectp. 167
11 Closing the Projectp. 183
12 Leveraging Impactp. 196
13 Influencing Policyp. 210
14 Initiative-Based Grantmakingp. 232
15 The Ethics of Grantmakingp. 252
Epilogue: The Future of Formal Philanthropyp. 262
Referencesp. 281
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 293