Advantages of Internal Management

  • Hands-on experience for the grantmaker: If the competition addresses a field that is new to the grantmaker or represents a new direction for an existing grant program, the grantmaker may decide to manage a competition internally so that he or she can learn more from the process and develop a more direct relationship with the field.

“I felt strongly that it had to be managed in-house, because it really was a learning experience for me and my program. I felt I needed to have a good sense of what each of these 270 proposals, or at least these institutions, were. Having it be a hands-on experience was, for me, the only way to get a real sense of what was out there.”

  • Closer communication: Managing the competition internally gives the grantees greater access to the grantmaker for technical assistance and future support.

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