Grove Foundation Board and staff visiting Silver State Voices and partners in Nevada.
COMMITMENT TO RACIAL JUSTICE
The Grove Foundation is committed to racial justice, which to us means the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.1 We strive to achieve racial justice within our own organization and through our grantmaking. To this end, The Grove Foundation aims to:
- Follow inclusive hiring and HR practices that allow The Grove Foundation to attract, retain, and enjoy the benefits of a diverse team
- Analyze our grants to understand and expand the extent to which our resources support organizations that: are led by people of color, collaborate with people-of-color-led organizations, and carry out their work in a way that advances equity and racial justice
- Seek grantees with a strong analytical understanding of the intersection of racism with other oppressions, and who have, or are developing, strategies for addressing racial injustice
- Continue to learn and challenge ourselves to understand and overcome the ways in which we uphold white supremacy so that our work both internally and externally advances racial justice
To see our initial analysis of our grantmaking from a diversity, equity and inclusion perspective, click here.
WORKING WITH GRANTEES
We strive to:
- Be open, accessible, responsive and respectful to grantees, grantseekers, and other nonprofit partners
- Be appropriately transparent and direct, including about the likelihood of funding, process, timing, budgets, strategies and changes in strategy
- Respond to emails or phone calls in fewer than five business days, preferably between 24 and 48 hours for grantees; set up automatic replies if we cannot do this
- Be grantee-centric and treat grantees as potentially long-term partners whom we aim to support
- Process grants quickly while being thorough and following the grantee’s pace
- Recognize that grantee time is valuable and seek to minimize our requests
- Refrain from asking for unnecessary documentation and be flexible about document requests, e.g.
- Encourage grantseekers to re-use proposals and reports
- Provide alternatives to written proposals and reports
- Procure publicly available documents ourselves, rather than requesting them
- Prepare for meetings with grantees and review materials prepared by them
- Give grantees the benefit of the doubt, and step up, not back, during difficult times
- Give grantees generous notice if we plan to discontinue funding them; step-down funding whenever appropriate
To see key findings from our grantee perception report, click here.