In 2016 saw another successful Meet the Funders event which began in the ACPL Theater with a panel of foundation representatives discussing trends in the nonprofit sector, particularly philanthropy.
The question of awarding general support or multi-year grants drew the following responses from our panelists:
CFGFW: 90% of our awards are for general support, but we do not award multi-year grants.
Foellinger: we provide both.
Lincoln: presently we provide program support only, though is includes overhead and they award some multi-year grants.
McMillen: our major interests is Wildcats for which we provide general support, for others only capital is funded.
AWS: our first priority is program support, which also includes overhead; second is capital and third is general support. We award few multi-year grants.
A question from the audience about the Fair Labor Act and its effects on local nonprofits elicited mutual concern from the foundations with at least one saying that are looking at the impact it will have. If you want to know more, a Briefing prepared by Indiana Nonprofit Sector Project Kirsten Grønbjerg, Director, Indiana University SPEA reports that “ …the new regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act are likely to significantly threaten the financial capacity of many nonprofit organizations in Indiana and elsewhere.
Another audience member’s question was about whether having a professional grantwriter is advantageous to their nonprofit’s grant application. Responses from panelists included the following tips (paraphrased):
“A professional grantwriter is not always best…while their writing will be quite good, passion is often missing.”
“…this is a great opportunity for [your] nonprofit board…get them involved [in the application process and writing]”.
“Have the nonprofit’s name and the contact information on the proposal. [I] may not remember the organization and you, just because we spoke on the phone.” Continue reading