What Do You Know About Streamlining the Grantmaking Process?


logoGMNWe can all probably agree that grantmaking is not the most efficient process in the world – either for grantseekers or grantmakers. Thankfully, there are efforts underway like the Grants Managers Network (GMN) Project Streamline to help add simplicity and sense to the complex work of investing philanthropic dollars. More specifically, Project Streamline helps grantmakers assess their practices and improve them in ways that ensures funders get the information they need, while reducing the application and reporting burden for grantseekers.

Grantmaking simplicity is a big sandbox in which to play. Project Streamline is only one effort, and there are many, many facets to grantmaking complexity. That’s why GMN and I want to know: What have you learned to help improve grantmaking processes? What new developments or trends have you noticed? Do you have a successful case study to share? Know someone who’s doing this work well? How can your foundation – or the entire field – tame the grantmaking beast?

We’re looking for your great ideas in the form of article abstracts for the upcoming issue of GMNsight. The theme of the Fall 2015 issue is “Streamlining and Beyond,” and I’m proud to be a guest editor for this critical topic. We welcome a wide variety of article types, including:

  • Features (1500-2500 words)
  • General interest stories (750-1200 words)
  • Point/Counterpoint (500-750 words with balanced perspectives)
  • Interviews with thought leaders, experts or key practitioners (500 words)
  • How-To articles (300-500 words)
  • Best practices (300-500 words)
  • Survey and reporting (300-500 words)
  • Book reviews (300-500 words)

Submitting your abstract is fast (only 250 words needed) and easy through the “Call for Papers” page on GMN’s website. You’ll find complete guidelines here. There are even handy writer’s guidelines to help you share your idea in the most compelling way.

You don’t have to be a GMN member to contribute to the upcoming issue of GMNsight, although I encourage you to check out the benefits of membership if your role involves grantmaking in any way.

The deadline for abstracts is October 31, so be sure and send your abstract in soon. I look forward to seeing – and sharing – all of your great ideas!

Kris is a sought after philanthropy advisor, expert and award-winning author. She has helped over 90 foundations and philanthropists strategically allocate and assess over half a billion dollars in grants and gifts.

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