I’m talking about GrantAdvisor.org, a new website that allows all of us to anonymously review foundations. This has been a critical missing piece in the funder-grantee dynamics. Let’s face it, because of power differentials, we nonprofits do not always give honest feedback to foundations. And a common complaint I get from foundations is that they can never tell if we nonprofits are being open and transparent about what they could be doing better. Even when foundations solicit feedback, reassure grantees that they can be truthful, and give us each a basket of mini-muffins and a puppy, it is still difficult for us nonprofits to open up. Continue reading
Hi everyone. You may have noticed that NWB now has ads. I tried to hold out for as long as I could, but with increased traffic comes increased costs to maintain this blog. I’ll try to make sure the ads are as unobtrusive as possible, and maybe even relevant, so be on the lookout for ads for donor management software, wholesale sticky dots, and carpal tunnel braces (#OxfordCommaForever).
Every time I talk to program officers about how to make the funding process more effective and equitable, I often get this response: “Vu, I agree with the stuff you’ve been kvetching about, you unconventionally sexy vegan, you. But…it’s the trustees at my foundation. It can be challenging to convince them to do things differently.” Continue reading