This is interesting for fund seekers because it is a good reminder of how to engage funders in getting to know your organization and its program in authentic ways -- by offering opportunities to see your work in action and impact. It is a powerful reminder to grant makers about getting close enough to the field to find humility, identify ways to support grantees beyond dollars and build relationships -- which, of course, are the bedrock of service.
Article Excerpt: This publication from GEO and Jump Associates posits that empathy is a powerful tool for leveling the playing field between grant makers and grant recipients. The 5 steps, along with helpful examples, suggested are...
1 -- make it about others, not you
2 -- get out of the office
3 -- bring the outside in
4 -- invest in what it takes
5 -- lead from the top