Paperless Grantmaking Update

Paperless grantmaking has been a theme of GMN’s for a while now, through our work on Project Streamline and a special report called The Paper Diet in 2013, which was a follow up to a 2010 report called Beyond the Recycling Bin.

But how paperless are grantmakers really, these days?

Turns out that the message has gotten across: grantmakers participating in our EPIcenter benchmarking library survey on paperless grantmaking report being about 80 percent paperless already. That’s a great number and it will be interesting to see how the average changes as more grants managers participate in the survey.

It’s clear, though, that the conclusions from the Beyond the Recycling Bin report still stand true:

  1. Grantmakers are very interested in greening and can do much more to increase their use of environmentally sustainable practices.
  2. Grantmakers with greening policies and goals are significantly more likely to successfully implement greening practices.
  3. Grantmakers need specific information and tools to build support for and implement green practices.
  4. Grantmaking organizations that are greening do not have a forum to learn from and share their experiences with their colleagues.
  5. Grants managers can impact greening at their organization.

Want to compare your paperless practices with others? Participate in the EPIcenter paperless grantmaking survey!



Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's effective practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.

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