An Open-Data Approach to Transform Grantmaking

Proposals for grants can offer a wealth of ideas and information to the nonprofit community, if foundations take the right steps.

A recent collaboration of Foundation Center and the MacArthur Foundation gave the organizations the opportunity to experiment with opening up the grantmaking process itself. The result was the Solutions Bank, a free online resource allowing users to explore proposals by subject, population served, strategy, and relationship to one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Publication date: Winter 2019

Bradford K. Smith


Foundation Center

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
  • Technology Management: Apply technology solutions to grantmaking to support grantmaker, applicant, and grantee success.

Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

  • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.