Defining Grantmaking Strategy


  • How can I create a mission?

  • How does a funder's mission statement help grantseekers?

  • What is a grantmaking strategy?

  • How often should we review our grantmaking strategy?

  • What are other ways we can help the community, other than grants?

  • How can we ensure that we fund new grantees each year?

  • How long should we fund the same organization?

  • How do we decide the size of our grants?

  • Can we change our geographic focus?

  • Should we have geographic limitations?

  • Why might it be helpful to create a focus for the foundation?

  • What are the benefits of a grantmaking workplan?

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