As the philanthropic field has continued to transform, foundations around the country are also increasingly engaging in conversation on how to reduce barriers to support, including reimagining grant applications and evaluation requirements. CMF’s commitment to centering equity includes amplifying philanthropic practices that embrace a trust-based approach. Simplifying and streamlining the grantmaking process is one way of leaning into an equity-centered partnership with nonprofits.
This resource is intended to fill a gap in available source material to provide a useful overview for grantmakers of all sizes and types. It outlines the general steps of the grantmaking process while highlighting areas where due diligence components can be incorporated.