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The Search for Outstanding People

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Have you ever wondered what grantmakers and foundations look for when considering whether or not to give money to your group? In this excerpt from the new book, Grassroots Philanthropy: Field Notes of a Maverick Grantmaker, leading philanthropist Bill Somerville and writer Fred Setterberg take you behind the scenes and describe how the search for outstanding people often drives the process, and explain why it should. Somerville outlines how he defines “outstanding” people, and reveals what grantmakers should look for in nonprofit leaders. You’ll want fundraisers in your community to think like this!

With its insights into fundraising and its application to volunteer management,
e-Volunteerism readers will no doubt find this article both interesting and valuable. Consider how a search for outstanding people might affect your volunteer recruitment goals.