Nonprofit leaders have long called for long-term, flexible grants to help their organizations flexibly apply funds to fulfill their missions and plan for the future. For years now, many philanthropic and nonprofit leaders have argued that multiyear general operating support (GOS) constitutes good grantmaking practice. Yet nonprofits rarely receive these grants.
The latest research from the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) explores why, despite the benefits of these grants and despite the advocacy and research in the field, so few foundations provide these grants.
Featuring findings from an upcoming CEP report, this interactive discussion will delve into the approaches of two foundations that intentionally provide more multiyear GOS grants than typical. The conversation will also explore the role of flexible grants in these unprecedented times, as philanthropy is called to respond to and reckon with compounding public health, economic, and racial justice crises.
Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President of Programs, Ford Foundation
Ellie Buteau, PhD, Vice President, Research, Center for Effective Philanthropy
Fatima Angeles, Vice President of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation.
Maitri Morarji, Director of Programs, Foundation for Just Society