How to Position Your Nonprofit Organization for a Big Bet

Many organizations would love a "big bet" donation to help them reach their goals, but not every organization is ready to make good use of funding at such a scale. Our tool and examples can help you understand how your organization could become “big bettable”—identifying the key questions you need to answer in order to do so.

  • What is Your Important Problem? Icon

    What is Your Important Problem?

    Do you have a compelling, succinct articulation of needs facing a specific, under-served population?

  • Where is Your Point of Arrival? Icon

    Where is Your Point of Arrival?

    Do you have a concrete 5–10 year goal that lies between long-term vision and short-term goals?

  • Can You Describe a Credible Path? Icon

    Can You Describe a Credible Path?

    What is your set of capabilities, plans, and reasons to believe that your organization can achieve its goals?

  • Why Do You Need Philanthropy? Icon

    Why Do You Need Philanthropy?

    What is your clear articulation of why philanthropic resources are the right medium to achieve your point of arrival?

  • Do You Have a Strong Leader & Team? Icon

    Do You Have a Strong Leader & Team?

    Does your team have deep knowledge of (ideally proximity to) the issue at hand and/or a track record of success in addressing these challenges?

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