Hat tip to our colleagues at PhilanTopic for their report on efforts to reduce redundancy and excess paperwork in the grant application and evaluation process, and a salute to the grantmakers and grantseekers involved in Project Streamline.
The Nonprofiteer believes strongly that most nonprofits’ futures lie with individual donors, but that doesn’t change the fact that institutional support is important in launching and sustaining many agencies. So anything that makes the process of securing that support simpler and more straightforward is a major contribution to nonprofit health.
In one of her previous lives the Nonprofiteer was an admissions officer, in which context she was made aware of the enormous waste of applicants’ time and money involved in having a different application form for every single school. But each school insisted it was impossible to get its unique needs met through a common application form–and it was impossible, right up to the point at which it got done.
In philanthropy, we’re still in the “impossible” stage; but maybe that’s just the last stage before “Voila!” Here’s hoping, anyway.