How Do We Know If a Grantee is a Good Candidate for General Operating Support?

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How Do We Know If a Grantee is a Good Candidate for General Operating Support?

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The primary purpose of providing general operating support is to give grantees flexibility to pursue their goals as they see fit. So, how can grantmakers assess whether a grantee is a good candidate for general operating support? Grantmakers usually opt for general operating support when our goals are substantially aligned with those of the grantee, and when our due diligence affirms that the grantee has the capacity to achieve its goals. However, the lack of restrictedness on general operating support can make grantmakers nervous. Grantmakers want to know that the organizations we are investing in will make good, smart decisions about where to spend their funds and that they have systems in place for ensuring accountability, transparency and efficient use of resources. Of course, we want to know the same things about the organizations we support with restricted funds, but there are other considerations for general operating support grants that require a greater emphasis on upfront assessment.