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.
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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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Any grantmaker will tell you that they'd love to know more about their grantseekers, who is winning, and why. We've summarised the key findings of our Grants in Australia research, and spoken to great thinkers including digital governance pioneer Lucy Bernholz and high-trust grantmaking leader Genevieve Timmons in this edition.
Knowing whether your grantmaking really works matters to everyone: the funders, the recipients, the beneficiaries, the authorities, and your supporters. 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.
As you may know, the size of Australia's grants industry is astonishing. And we 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, analysis, information about the impact on councils, and how to work with smaller groups.
Ahead of the Grants in Australia 2017 survey, we distilled the top ten actions grantmakers should take now. 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.
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.
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Understanding the importance of strategic planning, relationship building, cultural capability, targeted program design and targeted promotion.
Each year, as part of the Grants in Australia research study we ask grantseekers to rate the performance of grantmakers in several areas. Here's what we found in the new study released this month.
In a world of grantmaking often spun around lengthy applications, mid-term evaluations, detailed budgets and extensive outcomes measurement, one renowned grantmaker is going against the grain to suggest grants would work better with less paperwork and more trust.
Dr Lucy Bernholz, a world-recognised thinker on digital and data trends, says funders must take more responsibility for improving how data is handled and managed for the organisations they're helping, including how much information they're demanding.