Streamlined grantmakers align grantmaking practices with values. Most grantmakers believe wholeheartedly in the organizations they support and want to lift them up.
Unfortunately, application and reporting practices aren’t always consistent with values. A grantmaker may believe strongly in supporting nonprofit success, but its burdensome application process may drain resources from the sector by requiring organizations with little chance of receiving funding to spend valuable hours writing full proposals. A grantmaker may believe that it treasures and trusts its grantees, but its quarterly reporting requirements say otherwise. And while a grantmaker may have every intention of saving grantees time and money by putting its grantmaking system online, if it fails to user-test that system, it may in fact introduce more frustration and wasted time into the grantseeking experience.