by Roberto Cremonini, SVP, Business Development
When Chantal Forster, executive director of the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), and Kari Aanestad, co-director of Grant Advisor, launched the "100 Forms in 100 Days" campaign as part of the #FixTheForm project, they probably could not have predicted what the collective impact of their campaign would be.
By the 100th day, the response to their outreach had exceeded expectations, reaching more than 3,000 grantmakers and one million NGOs worldwide. In all, 133 forms were contributed by 128 foundations, encompassing more than 6,000 questions.
As a provider of grants management software, we also responded to the call, sharing examples of how features on GivingData can eliminate pain points for grantees. We also provided clients with instructions on how to export their forms so they could join the movement as well.
In a webinar hosted by TAG to discuss the campaign’s outcome, Kwame Porter Robinson, a data scientist at University of Michigan, shared the results of a similarity analysis he conducted on the forms provided. His analysis showed that 39% of questions on grant application forms are alike.
That finding hints at a significant opportunity to reimagine how grant forms can be fixed to work in service of grantees. Here are three main conclusions we took away from the webinar:
As the discussion on the TAG webinar chat clearly showed, interest in this movement is only growing, and great ideas will continue to emerge from the grantmaking community.
So, we thought we'd pose the question to you – what should we do next?
We created a very unscientific one-question poll where you can weigh in on this topic. We'd love to know what you think.
And please note our poll is not associated with GrantAdvisor, TAG, or the #FixTheForm project, but we will happily share the results with those organizations to help inform their next steps and build continued momentum.
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