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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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Do's

1.  Do share context. As soon as possible within the approved format, it is important to include context that will help explain the requested project. What are the important societal issues that this project will address, and what is their history? Why is the recommended grantee the right organization to take on this project? What is the grantee's history? Without this context, the recommendation will exist in a vacuum, unconnected to important traditions or social needs. You must meticulously research and document this context.

2.  Do define the opportunity. Once you have established a context, the next need is to define why this recommendation presents the foundation with an opportunity. What change will it bring about? What will be lost ...

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