Building on the in-depth research we carried out during the development of Modern Grantmaking, we offer consulting and workshops designed to help you answer questions like:
Are you worried that your funding organisation is a bit behind the times? Nagged by the thought that you or your funding organisation might be missing some big trick, or making an obvious mistake that you’re not even aware of?
Gemma and Tom will work with you to do a health check based on the Five Values of Modern Grantmaking. We will also help check that your working practices are aligned with the good practices that we identified through our extensive research. We’ll report back what we find, and we’ll make practical recommendations that you can implement straight away.
Many funding organisations tick over just fine, but struggle greatly when it’s time to make change. Difficulties in making change are always tough for organisations, but when success isn’t measured in a simple bottom line, the challenge can be doubly hard.
We have extensive experience of significant strategic and practical changes within funders, from high level goal reforms through to the rebuilding of teams and technical systems. Our change management consultancy can help you to get a sharper organisational focus, and then make the changes required to see impacts on the ground.
Every grantmaking organisation has a system for making grants, whether it’s just a chequebook and a pen, or a complex digital system of multiple interlocking applications.
We are experienced in helping funders to research, design and remake their grantmaking systems to make them better for the people inside funders and, even more important, better and more inclusive for grantseekers and grantees. We believe that every funder that’s serious about diversity, equity and inclusions needs (as part of this) to be serious about its grantmaking systems, and we can help you to make the changes needed.
Does your grantmaking team or board need to tackle some tough issues, or look at problems in a new way? Or are you just keen to keep up to date with how modern grantmaking organisations do things?
We offer workshops designed to help groups of people develop new skills and resolve tricky questions in a friendly, inclusive yet challenging fashion. Always rooted in the five values of Modern Grantmaking, these workshops will engage and inspire. Topics covered in usual workshops include:
Workshop durations can be:
We use highly interactive elements and an accessible approach to keep the energy up and to help everyone to learn and then take practical steps once back at their desks.
Are you seeking to inspire and engage a group of grantmakers, and perhaps even make them uncomfortable in a constructive way? We can talk to audiences of all sizes about the values, ideas and practices behind modern grantmaking, tailoring the content for different needs and specialisms.
We have extensive public speaking experience and know how to keep the tone light, even when talking about very serious things.
“Our members really enjoyed the workshop that Gemma and Tom put together based on Modern Grantmaking. The issues raised in the book are so important for social change funders to bear in mind, and Gemma and Tom presented the information in a fun and interactive way. The participants had some great discussions during the workshop and came away with both inspiration and practical examples to help them do grantmaking differently.”
“Gemma & Tom's workshop on what it means to be a Modern Grantmaker was extremely well-received by our community of philanthropists. Their gift for articulating complex ideas in a clear and compelling manner is exactly what is needed in this crucial moment for grant-making. It is a joy working with them and we highly recommend both reading the book and working with Gemma & Tom to go deeper on some of the toughest questions.”
We'll never share your email address with anyone.