The success of your grantmaking relies on your ability to select grantees whose missions align with your own, and whose work will contribute strongly to the impact you want to achieve. Remember, it is your grantees that make progress on the ground. You may already be aware of a certain number of organizations working in the areas you're interested in supporting—and it can be challenging to move beyond the realm of nonprofits you already know. But in order to achieve the greatest impact possible, it’s important to be sure that you are funding the organizations best suited to that purpose.
There are four major ways to develop a short list of potential grantees: Via your established Relationships; by conducting or synthesizing Research; by seeking out Respected Opinions; and by soliciting Requests for proposals from interested organizations. Consider a robust mix of the following: