Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose
GMN and a cohort of partners set out to answer two questions:
- Are nonprofits drowning in paperwork and distracted from purpose as a result of grantmakers’ application and reporting requirements?
- Do the same practices that grantmakers use to increase effectiveness end up over-burdening both grantmakers and grantseekers—and diminishing their effectiveness?
The initial report on these questions, Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose (PDF), examined grantmakers application and reporting practices and their impact on grantmakers and grantseekers. This report formed the basis for Project Streamline and continues to be used by grantmakers to better understand the flaws in the current system, barriers to change, and principles that grantmakers can adopt to improve their practices.
Have you ever felt like you were drowning in paperwork and distracted from purpose? Project Streamline is an initiative designed to improve grant application and reporting processes. This video will provide and overview of Project Streamline including it’s history, it’s accomplishments to date and it’s plans for the future.