Understanding grant-makers

Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising, says getting the relationship right between grant-makers and fundraisers is essential

Ceri Edwards
Ceri Edwards

Ever wondered what exactly a grant-maker is looking for when they scrutinise the hundreds of  applications they plough through? What could make your application stand out from the crowd?  NfpSynergy’s new report answers this question. It also includes some specific recommendations for the Institute of Fundraising and the Association of Charitable Foundations.

For both of our organisations, getting the relationship right between grant-makers and fundraisers is essential to our members, and we welcome the findings and recommendations of this report, which aim to improve how both of us can work better together.

One recommendation is to introduce a code of practice between grant-makers and charities and establish a forum for discussion. Anything that increases effective communication and the establishment of good working practices between grant-makers and fundraisers is welcome, and we will be exploring these ideas further and engaging our members to see how best to achieve that objective.

The funding that grant-makers provide to our sector is a crucial part of the fundraising mix. The information in this report is really helpful for fundraisers. It will help them to understand better how grant-makers work, what they’re thinking and the best way to approach and work with different trusts.

Recognising the diversity of grant-makers and their varied experiences, the report helpfully draws out some important common themes and issues aimed at improving the collaboration between grant-makers and funded organisations. We welcome the added dimensions it brings to current thought and practice.

Ceri Edwards, director of policy and communications at the Institute of Fundraising

This article appears on a page edited by the Institute of Fundraising and hosted by ThirdSector.co.uk

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