Strategic Granting Model


There are three areas of defined strategic granting (1) Responsive Efforts, (2) Strategic Collaborations and (3) Foundation Facilitated Initiatives. The three areas of giving defined with the goal:

Responsive Efforts
Goal: defined as a response to a nonprofit or community’s needs, and led by the nonprofit or community members. The project will have a defined short-term life cycle with simple quantitative and qualitative outputs.

Strategic Collaborations
Goal: defined as working with the Foundation and other partners to launch programs that maximize community impact. The project is a longer effort, focused on improving or coordinating programs that maximize community impact. The project scope may have limited board and higher staff involvement. An evaluation of quantitative and qualitative results is expected.

Foundation Facilitated Initiatives
Goal:  defined as facilitated and/or initiated by the Foundation for continual development of community driven initiatives that support transformational change. There is high board and staff involvement. The project scope is a long-term process, with a formal evaluation of quantitative and qualitative results.

That leverage be defined as “value added” which can be cash or in-kind including but not limited to, supplies, volunteer, professional assistance, and/or equipment.

The grants committee utilizes a “Scale Up” strategy for the percentage of investment for the following time period but to be determined for effectiveness on an annual basis:

  • 2015-2016: 38% of the available granting dollars (at or around $350,000) be used for Responsive granting or around $133,000; 35% to be used for Strategic Collaboration or around $122,500 and 27% be used for Foundation Facilitated Initiative or around $94,500;
  • 2017: 33% of the available granting dollars (at or around $350,000) be used for Responsive granting or around $115,500; 38% to Strategic Collaboration or around $133,000 and 29% to Foundation Facilitated Initiative or around $101,500;
  • 2018-2021: 20% of the available granting dollars (at or around $350,000) be used for Responsive granting or around $70,000; 50% to Strategic Collaboration or around $175,000 and 30% to Foundation Facilitated Initiative or around $105,000.
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