Foundation Communication: The Grantee Perspective
The Centre For Effective Philanthropy in Boston has published a paper called Foundation Communication: The Grantee Perspective . The paper is designed to provide answers to the question: “How do we best communicate our goals with grantees?” It bases its suggestions on the extensive research done with foundation grantees who were asked what they thought was most helpful to them, and on the Centre's own research into practices among foundations that are highly rated for their clear communications.
The paper names three strategies that are most effective in good communications: maintaining consistency, being responsive and implementing evaluation and reporting requirements that are helpful to grantees. It also suggests that funding guidelines should be as specific as possible. The well written and accessible paper also includes practical steps in each of its sections. It concludes by noting that clear communication is based on a clear vision or goals.