Funders are most effective when they solicit and incorporate feedback from their grantees and applicants into their grantmaking plans.
We are busy finalizing our grant strategy for FY 2014, which starts July 1, 2013. Since January, we have contacted over 50 nonprofit and philanthropic leaders in Southern California to discuss their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. We continuously review relevant literature on current trends in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and incorporate the information we receive from our nonprofit partners through the grant application process.
The result of this process is a preliminary list of FY 2014 Grant Plan Assumptions regarding the environment that we anticipate we’ll be operating in. The recently released results from Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2013 State of the Sector Survey confirm many of our planning Assumptions, particularly the findings related to changing funding models, low liquidity, overwhelming program demand, and reduced government funding. We will use these Assumptions to develop and prioritize our grantmaking strategies for the upcoming year and we would greatly value your thoughts and comments on them.
We are also interested in hearing about any effective strategies or ideas you may have about how to best meet challenges in the following areas:
- Preparing low-income and unemployed individuals for permanent jobs;
- Improving college access for low-income students;
- Reducing the high drop-out rate among high school students;
- Preparing community health centers for the impact of health care reform.
If you have suggestions you would like to share related to the issues above or the Assumptions, please send them to us by clicking here.
Finally, I want to thank those of you who took the time to respond to my previous President’s Message about my sabbatical. So many of the responses were thoughtful and personal, describing the challenges facing nonprofit leaders and the tremendous pressure involved with running organizations during periods of high demand and limited resources. As I hope the Assumptions demonstrate, the Weingart Foundation is aware of the challenges facing the sector and remains committed to responding with an effective grantmaking program.
President & CEO