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PEAK Grantmaking

Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose

It is no exaggeration to say that the current system of application and reporting has grantseekers and grantmakers alike drowning in paperwork and distracted from purpose. Indeed, that is the clear finding in the detailed scan of grant application and reporting practices in U.S. foundations today. Such practices may be only a small part of the bigger picture of grantmaking effectiveness, but they threaten to undermine other grantmaking effectiveness efforts by creating barriers to nonprofit success.