For Nonprofit Funders


You want to maximize the impact of your funding dollars.


You want to fund effective, resilient nonprofits.


You don’t want to fund failure – particularly high-profile failure that could have been easily prevented.

Whatever type of funder you are, grantee risk management matters. Even if you are a private foundation, you must assure your board that funds are used effectively and minimize the chance of unforced grantee errors or misconduct. If you are a community foundation, you face greater scrutiny, because of public and donor oversight of investment decisions. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funders and corporate foundations face even more second-guessing — from shareholders, customers, watchdog groups, and others. In short, people are watching whether you are funding initiatives that have proper control environments, including risk management.

Nonprofit support organizationscommentators , and foundation staff around the United States say nonprofits need to adopt risk management. But if funders don’t make grantee risk management a priority, most nonprofits won’t, either. Nonprofits face chronic funding challenges, and demand for services routinely outstrips supply. They resist spending money on themselves when the communities they serve are under stress. Formal risk management is often a foreign concept to nonprofit staff.

Because of these pressures, funders play a crucial role in building nonprofit risk management capacity. In the free report available below, we explain how you can help increase resilience and sustainability in the sector.

If you want to learn more and consider concrete steps for current and future grantees, download our free report:

Because You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.