Relationship Building

Under the Microscope: A Closer Look at Nonprofit Challenges

Publication date: 
09/2013
Our most recent research on nonprofit leaders, Nonprofit Challenges: What Foundations Can Do, shows that only 52 percent of nonprofits believe that their foundation funders are aware of the challenges their organizations are facing. Our data also shows that the more open nonprofits feel they can be with their funders about their challenges, the more aware their funders are of their challenges—no surprise there.
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Set Your Relationships Up for Success

Publication date: 
07/2013
Setting relationship parameters upfront is helpful. How will you work together? How will you communicate, and how frequently? How will you handle potential conflicts when they arise? It would be helpful to have a clarifying conversation about these issues at the start of all of our relationships, romantic and otherwise. Alas, that’s not often the case, but it makes a lot of sense to hash this out at the beginning of a grantee/funder relationship. With the flurry of activity that often precedes the awarding of a grant (e.g., negotiating details, revising proposals and budgets) it’s easy to sail right past this step. But we do so at our peril.
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