Posted on December 31, 2019
In 2020, Innovia Foundation will introduce a new grant application process open to nonprofit organizations working throughout the 20-county region in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The new grant application was re-designed based on feedback from grant reviewers and applicants alike. Two primary goals guided this process – 1) simplify and streamline the application questions and 2) assist nonprofits in sharing their mission and impact with the community.
The new application incorporates questions from the ‘Charting Impact’ framework adopted by Guidestar – a clearinghouse organization that ‘gathers, organizes and distributes information about U.S. nonprofits’. The Charting Impact questions provide a clear and concise framework to share organizational plans and progress. The five questions are ‘deceptively simple’ – straight forward, but requiring attention and reflection from across your organization. The questions include:
Nonprofit organizations may choose to include responses to these questions on their public Guidestar profile and earn the Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency. Although not required for grant eligibility, there are advantages to completing a public Guidestar profile. The public profile:
Guidestar has published a discussion guide and helpful advice for organizations updating their nonprofit profile. In addition to these suggestions, we thought it would be worthwhile to share tips based on recent experience updating our own Innovia Foundation Guidestar profile. Our strategy to completing the Charting Impact framework was based on research conducted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). In an in-depth study of Charting Impact profiles, Stanford PACS researchers found that responses with the following characteristics resonated with potential donors:
To begin this process for the Innovia Foundation profile, we embarked on the following steps:
Innovia Foundation looks to every opportunity to share our results and yours throughout the communities we serve. We hope that the new Charting Impact framework extends our ability to share your work with a wider audience. In the coming year, look for more foundation resources related to Charting Impact and sharing both your mission and measures of success.