Bentz Whaley Flessner

Grantmakers that make it their business to understand and connect with nonprofits they fund are more likely to provide the kind of support nonprofits need to succeed, a new study says.

Among 755 grantmaking organizations that responded to a 2011 survey sponsored by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, or GEO, and conducted by TCC Group, grantmakers that “listened to and learned with their grantees and other stakeholders were more likely to offer multi-year, general operating and capacity-building support – the kind of support that enable nonprofits to address the deep-rooted problems in their communities,” GEO says.

Still, it says, “progress across the foundation field has been generally slow, which may not be surprising given the kinds of pressures facing the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.”

General operating support, for example, generally has remained static, the study says.

It characterized as “disappointing” the fact that grantmakers still devote a median proportion of 20 percent of their annual grantmaking dollars, a share that has changed little in nearly 10 years, according to the Foundation Center.

Full article text available via Philanthropy Journal, 4/11/12.

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