Successful Structures: Rethinking the Role of Grants Management
In our exploration of successful structures, we studied organizations of different sizes, types, missions, and cultures. We identified a set of common practices supported by certain organizational characteristics and behaviors that, over time, are building successful structures. These characteristics and behaviors boil down to five essential guidelines for realizing a successful grantmaking structure designed to integrate the “how” of grantmaking with foundation strategy and impact.
Integrating grants management with strategy requires (and goes along with) organizational change. In other words, the shift is bigger than simply adding a new position or responding to an edict from above; cultural and organizational change is also involved for new systems and practices to stick. Often, staff point to a catalyst that motivates their organization to reconsider its practices and assumptions: growth, leadership change, a wake-up call from grantee feedback, or even a new grantmaking system can spark reflection and change.
Publication date: 2017
- Ethics, Integrity, and Accountability: Act with integrity and accountability.
- Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.