Lenses to Focus and Inform Grantmaking

Funders and nonprofits shared a number of different lenses through which they can look to bring greater focus to capacitybuilding investments. Some lenses will help you zoom out from what’s happening with particular grantees. Others will help you zoom in on specific internal issues or dynamics that can make the difference between success and failure for grants.

Some of these lenses overlap, and none are meant to be applied independently of others. However, each gives perspective that can inform your grantmaking — of nonprofit capacity building and beyond.

Takeaways are critical, bite-sized resources either excerpted from our guides or written by GrantCraft using the guide's research data or themes post-publication. Attribution is given if the takeaway is a quotation.

This takeaway was derived from Supporting Grantee Capacity.