A template used to request detailed applications from potential grantees
Clarifying your vision
Before diving in, it’s important to hone in on your vision for grantmaking so you can be as thoughtful and strategic as possible.
Spend some time reflecting on:
- Your identity. What kind of grantmaker do you hope to be? What three adjectives would you like others to associate with your philanthropy?
- Your vision for change. What kind of world do you hope to create through your philanthropy?
- The stakes. What is at stake? What would happen without your philanthropy?
- Short-term vs. long-term. Are you hoping to achieve short-term wins with your philanthropy and/or long-term change? What is most important for you and for the world?
- Depth vs. breadth. Are you hoping to have in-depth impact on a smaller scale and/or wider impact on a larger scale? What trade-offs are you willing to make?
At the Freedom Fund, our vision is a world without modern slavery. Through our funding, we seek to reduce exploitation and enable civil society to be more effective at addressing this issue. We take a long-term systems change approach and understand this often means we can’t just chase short-term, tangible ‘wins’ in our work. Truly shifting the systems that underpin modern slavery requires persistence, creativity, trust and well-resourced partnerships.