Navigating Funders’ Online Grants Management Systems – GrantAdvisor

If you’ve written a grant in the last year, chances are at least one of these things has happened to you. Your proposal is carefully crafted and ready to be uploaded and submitted. You access your account in the funder’s online system and spend the next few hours troubleshooting lost passwords, surprise character limitations, new questions, and manual entry across individual boxes for single items of information.

Source: Navigating Funders’ Online Grants Management Systems – GrantAdvisor

Digital Security & Grantcraft Guide / Ford Foundation

Funders ask us all kinds of questions about our financial, leadership, cultural, and management capacities. Not once has a funder asked me about our digital security capacity, even when awarding $100,000-plus grants. This guide is geared towards grantmakers, but is also useful for grantees to self-asses our digital security threats.

In the digital age, grantmakers should be able to assess and help address the digital security threats faced by grantees and grant applicants. Yet, this is new terrain for most grantmakers and many face a myriad of challenges including not knowing where to start, the severity of potential threats, and how to address them.

Source: Digital Security & Grantcraft Guide / Ford Foundation

↜ GrantAdvisor: A TripAdvisor for nonprofit funders

GrantAdvisor.org completes the feedback loop between nonprofits and foundations — check out what your colleagues are saying, and write your own reviews today.

Source: GrantAdvisor: Write Reviews, Transform Philanthropy

A new service where nonprofit professionals can review and rate their experience with funders, see other nonprofits’ experience with prospects, and read funders’ responses to their reviews. GrantAdvisor is newish and it’s still early days for building the database of funder reviews. Nonprofit peeps, get to writing!

  • Formalize and structure the existing informal intelligence network of information-sharing between nonprofit professionals
  • Anonymity allows for honest feedback without fear of retribution, while allowing funders to respond on the record
  • Allow nonprofits to make better decisions about which funder prospects are a good fit and which are not worth the time, energy, or unintended consequences.
  • Funder profiles are only available if there are minimum of five reviews, and only a small number of funders have reached that threshold.

🎙Listen to two of GrantAdvisor’s leaders discuss the project on the Tiny Spark podcast.

Finding a mentor – Signal v. Noise

Don’t just look for people decades ahead of you. Also look for people just a few steps ahead. Their memory of your circumstances is much fresher.

People tend to look for mentors who are too far afield. A mentor who’s 20 or 30 years on in their career. I think this is misguided. I think most are far better off seeking mentorship from so…

Source: Finding a mentor – Signal v. Noise

 

Candid: The Foundation Center/GuideStar Merger’s Noteworthy Process – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

A very good hot take of the recently announced merger of two large nonprofits, and the investment and patience of the funder community in ensuring the time was right for the combination.

They agreed to each build on their complementary capacities, meanwhile providing them to one another so they could grow to the scale a combined entity would need. Thus, the two organizations have developed purposefully over years in ways that would eventually fit nicely together as one.

Source: Candid: The Foundation Center/GuideStar Merger’s Noteworthy Process – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

⬿ The Bridge to Next Year: 7 Critical 2018 Civil Society Trends from NPQ – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

A good recap of the big trends for civil society, nonprofits, and philanthropy in 2018 going into 2019.

Social trends do not observe calendars, of course, but as NPQ looks back over some of the powerful trends rocking this country and its nonprofits and philanthropic sector this year, we see 7 trends that are actively continuing to develop These trends, therefore, can and should be seen as opportunities for breakthroughs and NPQ will be here right by your side while we seize the day.

Source: The Bridge to Next Year: 7 Critical 2018 Civil Society Trends from NPQ – Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly