Northern Rock Foundation’s approach to resourcing grant making
- Getting the best out of relationships
- Knowing your place
- Thinking first – knowledge and thoughtfulness
- Taking a lead and learning from experience
- Taking the long-term view
Finally, we provide five learning points for other trusts and foundations, including the importance of exercising judgement.
For NRF, the key question in grant making was: how can judgements about who, what and where to invest be as grounded, informed and legitimate as possible? Their commitment to integrity in grant making has required engagement, relationship-building and patience. There are important lessons here for trusts and foundations trying to develop processes that help them manage the inherent ‘unfairness’ of grant making.