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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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Grantseeker Complaints, Grantmaker Responses

It is natural to be disappointed in general whenever a proposal has been refused, but grantseekers often cite specific reasons to be upset with the manner in which they are notified. Some of these complaints have real merit. To be fair, however, grantmakers also offer some countercriticism of grantseekers, some of which have real merit. Each side deserves a turn to air its grievances.

COMPLAINT 1: Rejections are often completely impersonal.

The notification letter fairly screams “form”; it is completely generic except for the salutation, and robotically informs the applicant that the proposal into which they had invested so much of themselves is defunct. Grantseekers assert that they deserve the ...

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