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The Insider's Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage Effective Programs by Joel J. Orosz

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What Qualities Should Grantmakers Possess?

Given the temptations of philanthropy, and given the imperatives for right treatment of grantseekers, what are the necessary qualities for fitness as a grantmaker? This question has been considered many times over the years, most often in the pages of Foundation News and Commentary. Large numbers of lists have been compiled, each containing many traits in common and a few that are distinctive. Of these dozens of potentially valuable qualities, there seem to be six that are irreducible requirements.

Integrity

Some wag once remarked that “the most important thing in life is integrity. Once you have learned to fake that, you've got it made.” Facetiousness aside, as a program officer you must possess and ...

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