Over the past few months, the Nonprofit Finance Fund has had the opportunity to work with several foundations and regional associations of grant makers across the nation on efforts to rethink how they can better use their grant dollars to achieve more and better results in their communities.
Time after time, I have been struck with the deep desire by foundation program officers and staff members to change what many understand is a flawed system. Too often, foundations bear the brunt of the blame for creating many of the problems facing nonprofits.
As Ann Goggins Gregory and Don Howard suggest in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the problem boils down to “funders’ unrealistic expectations about how much running a nonprofit costs.”
Original article, “Money & Mission: Nonprofits Need to Stop Begging for Scraps,” written by David Greco for Chronicle for Philanthropy and posted, February 25, 2011.