How many times do we hear, “We couldn’t tell our grantees what to do or how to do it?” from a self-important foundation person.
Do grant recipients ever say directly to a funder, “We simply don’t want to do that.?” and then think that will end all chance for future grants?
Now you see the two step!
A couple examples:
Nonprofits are regularly told that funders won’t support operating costs. So, they are forced to “invent” or tinker with programs to appear to have something “new” for a grant application. Not the nonprofit’s fault. Read grant guidelines and it’s clearly stated in about 80% of them. Gibberish.
Funders “say” they believe in capacity building for their grantees. But they never exercise that by buying training, hiring consultants for a specific problem or even having a candid conversation about grantee budgets or programs. They say the nonprofit must ask for it or they can’t do it. Humbug!
How about a New Year’s Resolution – that applies to both parties: We will start communicating on key issues that we each face to figure out a better way to be more effective at what we do.
Not only would that save a lot of trees and time – it might actually work.
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