Georgia Grantmaking Trends

July 22, 2015
| by Editor |

In the latest Taking Measure survey, part of an ongoing cross-community conversation led by GCN, Foundation Center–Atlanta, and the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA), we uncovered encouraging news for the state’s grantmakers and nonprofits—including rising alignment, stronger communication, and growing opportunities.

At the April 1 GCN member event presenting the findings of Taking Measure 2014, CEO Karen Beavor called the survey an effort to “better explain both sides of the community, philanthropy and nonprofits,” to document challenges as well as signs of progress, and to better establish “the kind of two-way communication that is absolutely critical” to building stronger relationships between grantmakers and grantees.

The top takeaways, as reported by event speaker Erik Johnson, past GGA Chairman and secretary and treasurer at the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, included largely good news:

Georgia foundation investment largely stays in Georgia.
Over 77% of grantmaker dollars go to Georgia organizations, far more than in California (55%) or New York (41%).

Foundation giving follows community needs.
Georgia foundations are largely responsive to the issues that nonprofits bring them.

Foundations are on common ground with nonprofits.
In most cases, grantmakers and grantees are in agreement regarding funding priorities, expectations, and communication.

Foundation grant dollars make a small portion of nonprofit funding, but demand
may be on the rise.

Though lots of money is being granted, nonprofits are relying on other funding sources far more heavily—though that may be changing. (45% of surveyed nonprofits expect to rely more on foundations in the coming year.)

Plenty of opportunity lies ahead.
Grantmakers are dedicated to supporting our state’s nonprofits and meeting community needs, and their investment is growing, with 64% projecting increased giving in the next year (up from 56% in our first survey).

Our feature reporting in Georgia Nonprofit NOW as well as on Foundation Center–Atlanta's website provides in-depth findings and key takeaways on grantmaker trends and practices, nonprofit challenges, and insights into their alignment and communcations.

GCN members, click here to read the full article.

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