A joint project of Jewish Funders Network and UpStart (with help from Hadar), GrantED was inspired by the 2020 study “Grantees and Their Funders: How Professionals at Jewish Not-for-Profits Experience Working with Grantmakers” by Jewish Theological Seminary Professor Jack Wertheimer. This groundbreaking study found that while Jewish nonprofit leaders overall report positive working relationships with funders, a number shared some difficult experiences:
- Some funders exploit the power imbalance and condition their giving upon inappropriate demands.
- A significant portion of interviewees reported that female staff members had experienced demeaning comments, inappropriate flirtatiousness, and/or unwanted touching by some individual funders.
- Grantseekers complained about time-consuming grant applications and cumbersome reporting requirements.
In response to these findings, a panel of 15 foundation professionals, philanthropists, and nonprofit professionals convened and issued a set of guidelines for grantmakers and grantseekers alike, that include:
- Build Trust and Understanding
- Increase Transparency
- Improve Communications
- Amplify Positive Norms
- Establish New Norms
- Educate and Train Grantmakers and Grantseekers
Here are some ways you may want to use our online resources, a mix of original and curated material :
- Independently to reflect upon and improve individual practices
- As part of training and professional development for your team
- In the context of a specific grantseeker/grantmaker relationship to surface and address challenges.
- As part of a broader conversation between grantmakers and grantseekers in your community or field.