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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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Techniques of Grants Management

As we have seen, grants management offers any number of opportunities to do a truly lousy job. Doing a superb job poses a tougher challenge, but there are techniques you can use in which to manage all the “kids”: the good, the bad, and even the average. Perhaps the most important techniques are those with which the grant is launched: the notification of the grantee and the postaward conference call.

Notifying the Grantee

Nearly any grantmaker, when asked about a favorite part of the job, will surely say, “notifying applicants that they have gotten the grant.” Typically, this is done by telephone (hence the grantseeker aphorism, “Bad news comes by letter; good news comes by phone”). The news is sure to touch off ...

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