From the inside, well-meaning foundation leaders and staff try to make things easier. They streamline the process… They assess themselves on their responsiveness to applicants and make real efforts to be more available, visible, and helpful.
Wouldn’t it be better if the process were less adversarial? If foundation application procedures were designed to help them find the right projects and help applicants find the funding they need (even if it’s not going to be from that foundation?) Or if applicants could get guidance and help to improve their proposals? …
Foundations have made big strides toward being more inviting – (open grantmaking challenges reflect the growing awareness that the best ideas may come from the unlikeliest places.) But there is plenty left to do to get to the place where foundations and nonprofits are working together – from idea generation through proposal, implementation and assessment – to actually solve problems.
-Lucy Berholz, “Trying to Solve Problems,” 8/30/2012