Foundation money is big money, fast money, and it seems to be easy money—who wouldn't go for it? However, it's an illusion that you can build a social justice organization only from grants, especially at this time. If you want to be effective, develop a grassroots funding base.
—SI KAHN, Jewish Fund for Justice
I'm not sure that all funders completely understand the power dynamic—how much power they really have. Program choices are often driven by what the grantmakers want to fund.
—GAYE EVANS, Appalachian Community Fund
Many groups consider fundraising the most unpleasant subject possible, so they ...