As we take our first steps into the new decade, we at Stronger Philanthropy are thinking about the future of Canada’s charitable sector and how we can best serve it. It’s no secret to us that the granting process that many charities must navigate in order to meet their operating needs is far too often one that is outdated, unnecessarily slow, and overly cumbersome. That is why we have standardized our clients’ application process with a streamlined approach in mind. We have simplified our Letters Of Inquiry (LOI) and Application forms in response to feedback from the charities that we work with and a recent report from the CRA.
In June 2019, a Special Committee on the Charitable Sector, run by the CRA, released its report, “Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector”. A major thread that ran throughout this report was the need for better communication between the government and the charitable sector. We believe that this goal should be applied to private foundations also.
Our implementation of a standardized model for grant applications is a step towards better communication between Stronger Philanthropy and those seeking funding. Our hope is that it will allow charities to reallocate the time they spend writing applications to other productive activities that relate to their mission. We want to ease the stress of submitting applications and provide everybody with simple and clear instructions for applicants.
There is a need to modernize communication efforts in the charitable sector in order to obtain better transparency and healthier expectations for all parties. But for private grant-makers specifically, modernization may simply mean getting more organized while utilizing new technologies. This task is what is needed of Canada’s Next Gen givers, for whom communication and transparency are not just goals, but ingrained values.
For grant-makers, here is a great tool for a streamlined application process: Peak Grantmaking
And here is a tongue-in-cheek reality check: Answers on grant proposals if nonprofits were brutally honest Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3.