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Fund for Shared Insight: Increasing Foundation Openness

Deadline: May 20, 2016

The Fund for Shared Insight is seeking nonprofit partners who are interested in increasing foundation openness in service of effectiveness among staffed foundations in the U.S. The motivation driving the Fund for Shared Insight’s interest in increasing foundation openness is effectiveness. It believes that if foundations are more open – which is defined as how they share their goals and strategies; make decisions and measure progress; listen and engage in dialogue with others, act on what they hear, and share what they themselves have learned – they will be more effective.

Amount: Up to $2,000,000 in grants will be awarded with a minimum project grant of $100,000 over either one or two years. The grant should be no more than 20% of an organization’s annual budget in any one year.

Eligibility: U.S. nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations should have previous work influencing foundation practice in the U.S. Additional considerations include:

  • Preference for organizations that: are at least 2-years old (ideally not start-ups)
  • Project builds upon promising initial results from an existing model/effort to promote openness among foundations OR project innovates a new and promising approach to promote openness among foundations OR project involves collaborating with other organizations engaged in influencing foundation practice
  • Project reaches a number of foundations at a reasonable cost

Link: http://www.fundforsharedinsight.org/grants/foundation-openness

Note: A series of conference calls will be held on: April 13, April 27, and May 9 of 2016.

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