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How Foundations Work: What Grantseekers Need to Know About the Many Faces of Foundations by Dennis P. McIlnay

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Chapter Seven

Foundations as Partners: Problems in Building Trust Between Grantmakers and Grantseekers

Someone once said that a foundation executive is a friend who stabs you in the front. Would that it were true.

ORVILLE BRIM, THE FUTURE OF FOUNDATIONS (1973, p. 246)

The basic menace of foundations is not their size, although size aggravates the menace. Nor is it the lust of power and fallibility of foundation agents. The basic menace is the attitude of the rest of us toward foundations tvhich are created to give money away. We tuant some of the power which the money gives. We want the smiles and favor of agents controlling such huge power to help or withhold help. It is what we are willing to do for foundation money not what foundations ...

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