What part of granting foundations’ statements, “Do not apply,” and “We give only to preselected charities,” do we not understand?
I ask that question because, while most grant seekers do understand and necessarily accept those funding prohibitions by not making contact, many still do ask (often here on PND Talk) if there is in fact any way around that funding “wall” placed between them and the grantors.
As conflicted as that situation appears to be, I have on a number of occasions found a path around those self-imposed walls to funding after all, or that certain action taken at the least, led to some recognition having promise for the future.
Thanks to the many postings here over the past several years regarding that issue, and from my own practice, I know that we can honor the wishes of those “walled-off” foundations, but at the same time, for the good of our institutions, we can still allow ourselves to search for ways to form relationships with those “potential” donors in hopes of becoming one of their accepted and favored few.
As we attempt to span the gap between their giving policy and our need, we have to do so with integrity and delicacy. After all, we’re trying to build a bridge, not burn one.
Maybe what has worked for me will work for you:
--- What To Do When Foundations Have Walled Themselves Off from Your Organization http://www.raise-funds.com/2011/what-to-do-when-foundatons-have-walled-themselves-off-from-your-organization/
Best fund-raising wishes,
Tony Poderis http://www.raise-funds.com
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