Unlocking the Promise

A Guide for Funders Interested in Transformational Grantmaking

By Funders' Network

May 4, 2008


This assessment guide aims to help funders make smarter—and fairer—grantmaking decisions. It shares specific questions to ask and plan examples to consider in pursuit of transformative change. Prospective grantees can also use this guide to strengthen their proposals and projects before advancing them within the funding pipeline.  

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

The goal: grantmaking decisions that advance fairness, democracy, opportunity and access

This guide identifies 3 principles for funders to consider when assessing proposals and projects. These are: 1) focusing on people and place; 2) reducing local and regional disparities; and 3) expanding leadership opportunities.

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