Improving Grants Management for Your Reviewers
Posted by WizeHive on December 12, 2017
Giving is a big part of the nonprofit space. It’s what we do, and what we are often most proud of. But while to you giving might be second nature, to others, it’s a big ask. We see this most often when we reach out to donors, sponsors, or partners who are considering making a financial contribution. But as they say, time is money. So our board, our reviewers, and any other volunteers that make room in their busy lives for us need to also be considered. They give us precious hours. What are we giving them in return?
If the answer is a complicated application review process, it may be time to stop and consider what can be done to improve it. Sure, no one in the organization benefits from a complex process, but reviewers who are volunteering their time are often most negatively impacted. They are asked to drive to offices to pick up massive files. They spend countless hours comparing forms and essays and budgets. And then they send their expert opinions and feedback back out, maybe assuming, maybe hoping, that it makes a difference and their insights will enable the right people to receive funding.
Consider adding these features to your application and grants management system to make the review process as easy as possible.