The Rationale for Your Decision: Incorporating the Board

Other grantmakers pointed out that part of that job is to work with executives and trustees — outside of discussions about pending grant proposals. They emphasize the need to educate them about your general strategies and the types of programs and organizations that those strategies involve, and to gauge their support for your approach. As one grantmaker said, “Boards tend to feel blindsided when the first time they hear of something new is when they have to approve it.”

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This takeaway was derived from Saying Yes/Saying No to Applicants.