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Glasspockets Find: For Weingart Foundation, Annual Grant Planning Is a Transparent Process
July 2, 2012

Weingart Foundation

When the Weingart Foundation recently updated its grant guidelines it also released its Grant Plan for FY 2013. The Foundation's stated commitment "to ongoing and clear communication with our grantees and applicants" results in an annual effort "to solicit and incorporate feedback from our grantees and applicants."

Weingart's review process included focus groups on topics of interest, special convenings of funders and nonprofits, and communication with key thought leaders in corresponding fields of interest. The resulting plan was published on the Foundation's website and promoted by E-Newsletter. A companion report detailing the assumptions used in developing the plan was also released.

To keep the feedback loop in motion, Weingart actively pursues comments on the plan, encouraging input by a dedicated feedback e-mail address from links on its E-Newsletter, web site, and the Grant Plan document itself.

Have you seen other examples of foundation's pursuing a transparent course in revising its grant guidelines and strategy?

-- Daniel Matz

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