Inspire Grant: An Uncommon Approach to Grantmaking

Publication date: 
May, 2010

The job of a nonprofit leader – perhaps the most important job – is to inspire others to help fulfill the organization's mission. Staff. Volunteers. Funders. Clients. Leaders must inspire confidence and motivation to help an organization realize its full potential. But who inspires the leaders? Where do they draw and renew their energy, passion, and innovation? That question led the Foellinger Foundation – a private foundation in Allen County, Indiana– to invest in a new type of grant, called the Inspire GrantThe purpose of this case study is to share with other foundations some of the benefits and lessons learned thus far by the Foellinger Foundation as grantees have implemented an unconventional type of grant.

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