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A taste of our quarterly grants newsletter

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As a grantmaker, you wield great power: the power to craft social change by re-distributing resources to make it happen.

But amid the challenge of designing and managing grant programs, and helping assess a vast number of applications and acquittals, all the while navigating tricky politics, technology and finances, it can be easy to forget why you took on this gig.

At the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM), we're dedicated to making your job easier and more effective by bringing you specialist knowledge from the field – and helping to prevent that blank look.

Our Community's executive director and self-confessed “grants nerd”, Kathy Richardson, opens this edition with an exploration of trending topics in grantmaking, from “micro focus” grants to charting professional failures. Her report sets the tone for an edition packed with useful content, all to enable you to:

  • discover the biggest buzzwords of the year from “philanthropy wonk” Lucy Bernholz and consider what your superpower really is
    • find out how to avoid sapping the resources of your recipients in the process of giving them money
    • take a grants health check
    • weigh up the value of social impact bonds
    • understand how machine learning could speed your processes
    • learn what to do when stakeholders are doing your head in
    • find out why grantmakers must become expert in impact and outcomes measurement.

And that's just the start. Tap into our knowledge base any time – our library of back issues and the latest tools, resources and grantmaking news – by visiting exploring this website.

The quarterly publication is just one of the benefits of membership of the Australian Institute of Grants Management. Learn more about Grants Management Intelligence and become a member here.

An extract from the latest edition

Five grants funding trends to watch

At the Australian Institute of Grants Management, we're always on the lookout for funding and grantmaking experiments that increase bang for buck. Here are our top trends for 2019.

A taste of our quarterly grants newsletter

In this "knowledge is power" edition, we're delivering on our commitment to making grantmakers' jobs easier by sharing specialist knowledge from the field.

Whatever happened to evidence-based policy making?

An abridged version of Gary Banks' address for the Alf Rattigan Lecture for the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) that points the way for what's worked in the past, and what can be done to avoid policy on the run.

A better measure of value: The Universal Commons

Leading Australian philanthropist Alan Schwartz is tackling one of the hardest challenges the planet faces: to put a true value on the social and natural capital of the world, including health, literacy, trust, clean water and biodiversity.