Roadblock Analysis Report

Roadblock Analysis Report

The most common roadblocks social impact organizations face during project implementation are those inadvertently caused by funders, a report from finds. Based on an analysis of more than a hundred applications for mid-implementation emergency grants and loans, the report, (40 pages, PDF), found that applicants most often cited failed communication or poor expectation-setting with their funder, including changes in funder strategy or delays in the disbursement of funds. Other common roadblocks included policy inflexibility on the part of the funder (e.g., internal red tape that prevents a grantee from receiving funds between grant cycles). Funder actions or inactions have material consequences for their grantees, the report argues, while funders can significantly maximize impact by reevaluating their grantmaking and investment practices.

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