Over the last four decades, the philanthropic world has seen an unfortunate cycle emerge. The staggering amount of poor project proposals funders receive from non-profits has resulted in a trend toward lower expectations for excellence in project planning. This has, in turn, resulted in many non-profits fulfilling that prophecy and executing project planning only to a level that will “pass” a simple application process.
If you’re a funder, chances are you’ve observed this cycle yourself and wondered if it’s realistic, or even fair, to expect solid project development from over-worked non-profits who may have no one on staff with the skills to prepare such a plan.
Sponsoring a training for 30 or 100 NGOs in a given cause or geography can quickly break this cycle and elevate the whole community—ensuring all non-profits are realizing their full potential to do good in the world.