What True Partnership With A Funder Actually Looks Like, with Terri Davis-Merchant

Dive into the often-misunderstood world of philanthropy with Brooke and her special guest, Terri Davis-Merchant, a Program Officer at Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies. In this candid episode, Terri, with her expertise in affordable housing development, homelessness, policy, and philanthropy, reveals the inner workings of foundations. They discuss the role of foundations, the essence of true partnership, and the dynamics of grant-making. Terri sheds light on how foundations can enhance their support for grantees and the practicalities of building trust-based relationships. This episode is packed with unfiltered insights, strategic advice, and a good dose of laughter, offering invaluable guidance for anyone navigating the philanthropic landscape.

What Listeners Will Learn:

  1. Improving Foundation Practices: Understand what foundations can do better in supporting their grantees.
  2. Building Trust-Based Relationships: Learn how to start and nurture productive relationships with foundations.
  3. The Realities of Grant-Making: Discover the practical aspects of philanthropy and its impact on the ground.

Key Takeaways:

  • An in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities of philanthropic institutions.
  • Insights into effective partnership practices between foundations and grantees.
  • Strategies for developing trust and transparency in philanthropic relationships.
  • The importance of aligning foundation goals with on-the-ground realities.
  • Techniques for initiating and sustaining meaningful conversations with foundations.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Understanding Foundation Goals: Gain insight into the objectives and focus areas of philanthropic organizations.
  2. Initiating Contact: Learn how to approach and engage with foundations effectively.
  3. Building Relationships: Strategies for developing and maintaining trust with grant-makers.
  4. Aligning Objectives: Techniques to align your organization’s goals with the foundation’s mission.
  5. Maintaining Transparency: Tips on ensuring open communication and honest reporting.

Connect With Brooke:

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