10 Things Progressive Funders Must Learn from Conservative Ones, or We Are All Screwed

Conservative funders focus on the big picture, act quickly, do not micromanage, provide significant general operating funds, fund for twenty or thirty years, support leaders and movements, engage in policy and politics, and treat grantees as equal partners. Progressive funders—with a few exceptions—intellectualize, are severely risk-averse, focus narrowly, fund isolated strategies and programs, avoid politics, and treat grantees like parasites and freeloaders.

Guess who have been winning? Who have been shaping all three branches of US government, along with the media, and controlling which conversations society engages in?

Publication date: December 10, 2018

Vu Le

Executive Director

Rainier Valley Corps

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grantmaking practices.
  • Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.