Grants Management Intelligence is Australia's first and best publication aimed at boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of grantmakers and funders.
With in-depth studies of grantmaking issues using our own experts and research, by speaking to the best in the field, and with exclusive access to SmartyGrants data, Grants Management Intelligence focuses on practical ways to improve your grants program to help you make best practice, standard practice.
From the basics to expert-level commentary, we've covered:
Grants Management Intelligence is must read material for federal, state and local grantmakers, funders and policymakers; local councillors and community development workers; philanthropic workers; grantmakers in the corporate world; and financial and legal advisors.
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Knowing whether your grantmaking really works matters to everyone: the funders, the recipients, the beneficiaries, the authorities, and your supporters.
And that's where evaluation comes in. While our last Grants in Australia survey reveals 60% of large not-for-profits say grantmakers are demanding increased outcomes measurement, reporting and evaluation, only 12% are winning funding for the purpose. Clearly, the grantmaking sector must respond.
Prove it. That's the challenge that runs through every grant program.
When it comes to reporting, you as a grantmaker must prove that you have allocated money well, you must prove it has been properly spent, and you must decide where you'll spend money in future. It's a tough business, but community foundations - 36 locally based philanthropic groups distributing $21 million in grants each year in Australia - have shown us all a way forward. That way is called Vital Signs, and is a special focus for this edition.
Also in this issue:Powerful information: Inside the Vital Signs framework - what's different and who can use it?
As you may know, the size of Australia's grants industry is astonishing.
At last count, government grants to the country's 50,794 registered charities were worth $55.7 billion, up by $13.7 billlion on the year before. (Source: Australian Charities Report 2015). That doesn't include billions more in other government grants to not-for-profits that aren't charities, or funds distributed by corporate, philanthropic or private funds.
That's a massive movement of money. And we know you want to ensure that every grant dollar you allocate has the maximum benefit. We're here to help, and that's why this "survey says" edition brings you:
Exclusive research: With all the key findings from our grants research study
Grant experts' analysis: Feedback, deadlines, data and other lessons for funders
Local government impact: Will councils soon be paying more?
Grants as risky business: Why philanthropy points to the future
Think small: How to help groups grow with grants
Special report: What grantseekers really think about your program
Ahead of the Grants in Australia 2017 survey of nearly 1300 grantseekers across the nation, and in a sneak preview for AIGM members, we distilled the top ten actions grantmakers should take now, and included them in this edition.
The recommendations we've included aren't easy fixes, but all point to significant grantmaking resources on the AIGM site. Appropriately, other topics in this edition further explore issues raised in that "to do" list. Each extend the "hot spot" discussions at our Grantmaking in Australia conference in March. And, of course, draw on the expertise of leading grantmakers. Topics in this edition cover:
Feedback: How the Army has turned defeat into victory
Final reports: How to think outside the box
Grant survey findings: Details about what actions you can take right now
Incomplete applications: What you can do to get them over the line
Core funding: The Community Broadcasting Foundation's solution
Data: How you can use our CLASSIE system
Multi-year funding: Consultant Kate Caldecott takes a closer look
Pre-application briefings: How to make the most of them
Hot on the heels of the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM)'s Grantmaking in Australia Conference, this edition has latest thinking on quick response grants, a tool increasingly used by funders wanting a quick impact with minimum fuss.
We've spoken to several grantmakers with wildly different goals, yet all aiming to use swifter payments to improve the results of their grants practice.Among examples we've included are:
Regional Arts Australia, which is using quick turnaround techniques to send performers from the desert to the coast to play to sell-out crowds (among many other things);
the Queensland Government's online disaster response portal, which works to distribute emergency cash to victims, within as little as six hours;
the Moonee Valley Council's small grants program, which helps young athletes, small groups and others to thrive; and,
the Sidney Myer Fund, whose cash injection to a suburban breakdancing troupe L2R (pictured) helped both organisations reach out to a diverse and disadvantaged community.
We've also thought carefully about the risks and rewards of using quick response grants with the help of our thinker-in-residence Chris Borthwick.
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The 2018 Grantmaking in Australia Conference will connect you with the people who have stared down the challenges and give you the confidence you need to take one small step for your organisation, towards one giant leap for humankind.
Prepare for impact: Suit up, strap and count down for better grantmaking. Save the date for our conference now.
There are some big players in the world of social impact reporting, with think tanks and technology companies vying to solve one of the toughest problems we face: how can organisations measure their social worth?
This is a new data-driven era, and if you claim that your grants programs have had an impact, you have to back those claims with data. Anecdotes aren't good enough.
How our SmartyGrants trainer can "save your (grantmaking) life".