Discretionary Grantmaking: The Pros and Cons


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In addition to granting as a group, some foundations give their board and/or family members a portion of funds to donate as individuals. Done correctly, this practice, called discretionary grantmaking, can foster enthusiasm and engagement; done incorrectly it can siphon resources and focus from your mission.

As we explain in Discretionary Grantmaking, if your foundation is interested in pursuing discretionary grantmaking, you’ll want to first understand its advantages and challenges. And based on our experience advising over 1,200 foundation clients, there are certain best practices that you’ll probably want to adopt.

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