Our forthcoming book is for anyone who is employed in the curious world of grantmaking, whether you work for a private foundation, a government funder, or a corporate donor.
Grantmaking is such an unusual occupation - giving away freaking money - that we have encountered people who don’t believe that anyone actually gets paid to do it. But grantmaking is a real job, and if you’re reading this, then the odds are that it’s your real job.
Our aim in writing this book is to produce a practical guide that grantmakers can turn to whenever they are looking for some support. To make it quick and easy to use, we’ve filled the book with answers to real-world grantmaking questions.
But it’s about more than handy tips. Every grantmaker can be a reformer too - our book explains why this is so important and how you can get involved.
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Does this book have an agenda?
Why, yes it does. Thanks for asking!
We believe that a lot of what we call ‘traditional grantmaking’ badly needs reform. We’re not alone - the book is full of stories of grantmakers who aren’t content with the status quo, and whose work is increasingly driven by values such as humility, equity, and service.
We think that a lot of the criticism that grantmaking gets - especially from grantees and grantseekers - is justified. This is despite the fact that funding organisations employ many talented and hard-working people, including some of our dearest friends.
However, despite being critical about some current practices, we don’t believe that the solution is to tear down grantmaking and salt the earth.
We want to encourage more people who work in grantmaking to think of themselves as being reformers of the profession, as well as employees. This is what Modern Grantmaking is about: doing the job well, and changing the job at the same time.