General Operating Support: A Guide for Trustees This report provides a thorough introduction to general operating support by clearing up common misconceptions and offering key definitions, resources, examples and steps trustees can take to advance dialogue on the feasibility of making general operating support grants. You can use this piece as a way to broach this topic and have candid conversations with your board. READ THE REPORT Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A National Study of Philanthropic Practice This national field survey from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations examines some of...

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Here’s what we’re learning from recent funder efforts: the most successful transitions to Full Cost funding have included securing executive buy-in; providing support and training to the staff that structure and disperse grants; and bringing grantees into the process with open and honest communication. Your peers are leading the way with Full Cost funding: In response to grantee feedback from the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s Grantee Perception Report issued by the Center for Effective Philanthropy, The James Irvine Foundation announced it was making changes to support greater impact...

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Across the nation, numerous initiatives and programs are converging to create an increased focus on nonprofit overhead and funding the full cost of program delivery. As this conversation takes place nationally, we are engaging California funders in a dialogue that can shape better outcomes for the sector.

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