Funders consider many different aspects when making investments. Funders are continually trying to improve the grant application process, making it more meaningful for the applicant and the reviewer. Funders require accountability of the resources that are invested. Funders maintain their own standards, whether it be compliance with federal, state, or local legislation and regulations while maintaining the values and ethics of their boards. Funders set policy to ensure investments are being made in organizations that demonstrate cultural competencies and inclusive practices that address equity. Funders maintain relationships with other funders and seek community partners that extend the mission and values of philanthropic or public investments. Having experienced grant professionals on staff, especially those professionals with their GPCs, helps funders more thoroughly and thoughtfully consider these aspects.
Funder staff with years of experience and who maintain the GPC credential are an added value to the funding community.
Theresa Reyes-Cummings, MPA, GPC
Deputy Director, Community Mental Health Fund of Jackson County, Missouri.