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Insights for grantmakers

Grants Management Intelligence is aimed at boosting the efficiency and effectiveness of grantmakers and funders, with a focus on Australian trends.

The publication features in-depth studies of grantmaking issues from our own experts and research; other leaders in the field; and employing our exclusive access to SmartyGrants data, It is focused on practical ways to improve your grants program and help you make best practice, standard practice.

From the basics to expert-level commentary, we've covered:

  • Social and impact measurement
  • Analysis of our annual Grants In Australia Survey
  • Best practice data use
  • Grants round closing times and trends - including best days and times to close
  • Grants assessment panels - covering size, gender, deadlines and processes
  • Unsubmitted grants applications - including data on submissions and best practice recommendations
  • Preventative and Participatory grantmaking

This makes Grants Management Intelligence a must-read publication for federal, state and local grantmakers, funders and policymakers; local councillors and community development workers; philanthropic and corporate funders; and financial and legal advisors.

The quarterly publication is just one of the benefits of membership of the Australian Institute of Grants Management. Learn more and sign up here.


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GMI NOV 2016: GENDER-WISE
What the Australian Women Donors Network's Deanne Weir, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins and Australian of the Year David Morrison have to say about gender-wise grants.
Dec15 DEC 2015: UNSUBMITTED?
We're here to help with: 
- Tackling unsubmitted applications 
- Expert tips, ideas and questions .
Apr15 APR 2015: POST-CONFERENCE
Around the theme of "Knowledge is Power", presenters explored the ways grantmakers can benefit - and can improve their efforts - by turning data and information into useful knowledge. 
Aug16 GMI AUG 2016: DIPPING INTO DATA
Our special report into grants and the use of data. Inside:
- US expert Andrew Means' insights
- Data and the work of the US Robin Hood Foundation
- Our social change taxonomy project, CLASSIE.
Sep2015 SEP 2015: ASSESSMENT PANELS
Using SmartyGrants data, we examine best-practice assessment, covering: 
- Benefits and drawbacks of options 
- The gender split 
- Timelines and processes
Jun15 JUN 2015: GET PREVENTATIVE 
Insights on "preventative grantmaking", answering:
- How do you know if a preventative approach is going to prevent anything?
- How do you measure the success of preventative grantmaking if the aim is to try and have something NOT occur?
May16 GMI MAY 2016: HOT TIPS 
Wisdom from from our 2016 Grantmaking in Australia Conference.
- Feedback and timelines
- Problems with applications
- Funding operational costs
- Highly political processes
- Grant program accessibility
Feb15 FEB 2015: PARTICIPATION
Options for funders considering participatory grantmaking, including: 
- Collective giving and giving circles
- Advisory councils
- Community consultation
- Live grantmaking & contests 
- Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing
Nov15 NOV 2014: CLOSING ROUNDS
Facts, stats and more covers:
- When grantmakers close rounds 
- Grantseekers' submission habits
- Our best practice benchmarks
- Late application policies
- What to do after closing your round
Feb16 GMI FEB 2016: GRANTS SURVEY
The latest findings explain the:
- Lack of feedback from grantmakers 
 Funding drop for multi-year grants
- The rise of online grants 
Briefing grantseekers
News
Grant partnerships will avoid the pain

Port Phillip Community Group executive officer Karen Sait has sat on both sides of the table when it comes to grants, so she understands what it takes for funders to make things easier for recipients. The simple answer? Good partnerships.

News
Adelaide council's grants innovation

The City of Onkaparinga is using new methods to boost community engagement and grants impact. Here's how.

News
Not evaluating your grants? It'll cost you

The Ian Potter Foundation is building a strong reputation for its laser-like focus on evaluation and its benefits, and leading the charge is Dr Squirrel Main.

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All the news grantmakers need

Here's a taste of the 'conference insights' edition, with lessons from the Grantmaker of the Year, the latest industry news, innovation, and best-practice evaluation, data and partnerships.