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The Insider's Guide to Grantmaking: How Foundations Find, Fund, and Manage Effective Programs

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5238-9
320 pages
April 2000, Jossey-Bass
The Insider
Unlike many formal professions, foundation grantmaking is a calling with no training programs and little definitive literature on the latest and best practices. Written for program officers and of considerable value to grantseekers, this volume is the first and only practical guide to making foundation grants and developing essential skills for effective and ethical grantmaking. Author Joel J. Orosz provides:
  • The history, structure, and function of foundations in society.
  • The complex role that program officers play in their day-to-day activities.
  • Real-world advice on a myriad of tasks--from meeting with applicants and reviewing their proposals to assisting the funded project and managing foundation initiatives.
  • A useful overview for those new to the field, helps more experienced program officers to think more deeply about their work, and shares rich insights for the thousands of nonprofit leaders who pursue foundation grants.
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Making Sense of the Grantmaking Universe.

Grantmaking: The Human Factor.

Building Relationships with Applicants.

Reviewing Proposals.

Declining Proposals.

Responding to Proposals.

Site Visits.

Writing the Funding Document.

Presenting the Funding Document.

Managing the Project.

Closing the Project.

Leveraging Impact.

Influencing Policy.

Intiative-Based Grantmaking.

The Ethics of Grantmaking.

Epilogue: The Future of Formal Philanthropy.
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JOEL J. OROSZ earned his Ph.D. in American history from Case Western Reserve University. He is the senior program director in the Philanthropy and Volunteerism programming area of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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"Joel Orosz has given us a rare gift at a critical moment. His book is a wise guide not only for the new program officer but also for the experienced grantmaker." (Frances Hesselbein, chairman of the board of governors, The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management)

"A book on grantmaking with the name of Joel Orosz attached to it has instant credibility in the foundation world. Joel is an enormously creative grantmaker, exemplified by his leadership of one of the largest and most successful programs in the history of the Kellogg Foundation: the $63-million Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project, which energized more than six thousand young people around the arts of fundraising and grantmaking. Every grantmaker can learn from his example." (Dorothy S. Ridings, president and CEO, Council on Foundations)

"Foundation program officers inhabit a mysterious world that grantseekers strain constantly to understand. Joel Orosz has finally given us a glimpse into a world that may not be as strange and distant as we thought." (Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO, Points of Light Foundation)

"It is amazing that a book like this had not been written until now, for it has certainly been much needed. Grantmakers and grantseekers will now have a valuable resource--written by a seasoned, effective grantmaker--that will make their work easier and may well contribute to the improvement of relations between them." (Sara E. Melendez, president and CEO, INDEPENDENT SECTOR)
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