Tips from Foundations

June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments


  • We fund organizations who are stable and who have multiple sources of funding. 
  • Requests to “save” a program are not inspiriting.
  • We want to see that you are absolutely sold on your mission. We hate it when applicants hint “what do you want us to be?” because we can tell they are just trying to get the money.
  • Don’t try to make a square peg fit into a round hole trying to keep your funding. Funding is not guaranteed and program priorities [of the foundations] can change.
  • Be as respectful as you can of the priorities. [of the funder’s program priorities].
  • Our small grants toward a huge goal are not interesting. [translation: they don’t believe they achieve “impact” by making a small grant to a big project; right-size your project to the funder] 
  • “Political splits” are less likely to be funded. Try to be aware of who else is doing what you do and how you might collaborate.
  •  Make sure your application pays a lot of attention to detail on the true outcomes and outputs that are measurable. What is the ‘measuring plan?’
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