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GEO asks, “Is grantmaking getting smarter?”

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has released a survey of its members that explores philanthropic practice among its members.  It points out some extrememly important issues, especially ones that surround the ongoing distance that exists between funders and nonprofit organizations.  While some funders are beginning to make some efforts toward revising their grantmaking practices in ways that strengthen and enhance their relationships with nonprofits, many funders are still falling short of that goal.  And many of those who are falling short are doing so even while acknowledging an understanding that things must change.

Grantmaking, the survey found, needs to get better in two areas: the money and the relationship.

Look for more comments to come in this regard.  This is an important subject and worthy of lots of discussion.

In the meantime, visit GEO’s website to see a copy of this study.   www.geofunders.org

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