What IS innovation, anyway?

Innovation has become a major buzz word in the grants world. Funders increasingly want to support social experiments that will yield positive, cost effective solutions to problems, and they want to do so by investing in models that provide scalable solutions in new, novel ways. The latest example: First in the World (FITW). This U.S. … Continue reading

Turning a denied grant request into a relationship

I encourage nonprofits to consider a denied foundation grant as a beginning, not an end. Often the first try is an introduction, and it can take a few separate asks before getting to “yes”.   It’s perfectly reasonable to request follow-up communication with foundation program staff. As the grant seeker, you have the right to … Continue reading