GrantAdvisor is a new online informational service that crowdsources grantmaker information for nonprofits seeking funding throughout the U.S. Designed to encourage more productive philanthropy and facilitate open dialogue, GrantAdvisor allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to share their first-hand experiences working with funders through authentic, real-time reviews and comments.
Feedback is shared anonymously and, once a funder receives 5 reviews, the data on that funder will be posted publicly and funders will have the opportunity to respond to reviews. In addition to aggregating feedback on the grant application process, GrantAdvisor will provide a forum to post questions and share views on how funders influence their field. This allows funders to understand how they are perceived as leaders and influencers—not simply as grantmakers.
GrantAdvisor will launch simultaneously in California and Minnesota in June 2017, with new locations and partnerships to be announced in 2018.
There is a longstanding need for greater accountability, transparency, and accessibility in the philanthropic sector so that foundations don’t end up marginalizing the underrepresented communities they would like to help. It is critical for grantmakers to hear the perspectives of nonprofit leaders and take part in an open discussion of community needs. GrantAdvisor is a welcome addition to provide a public platform for nonprofits to frankly voice their concerns and propose ways that grantmaking can be more successful in impacting their communities
Aaron Dorfman CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy