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CalNonprofits, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and GreatNonprofits are pleased to announce the launch of GrantAdvisor, a TripAdvisor-like website that reviews foundations. This new online service is the first of its kind to crowdsource authentic, real-time reviews of funders written anonymously by nonprofits and philanthropic colleagues. Going beyond the transactional aspect of grantmaking, the site improves relationships between funders and nonprofits to create more successful philanthropy in communities. 

“GrantAdvisor is a brilliant combination of an advice source for grantseekers and a feedback loop to foundations, which has been a missing link in the modern history of philanthropy,” said Bruce Sievers, Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

Designed to encourage more successful philanthropy and facilitate open dialogue, GrantAdvisor allows grant applicants, grantees, and others to share their first-hand experiences working with funders through anonymous reviews and comments. Once a grantmaker has received at least 5 reviews, its profile will be made public.

Funders take part in the dialogue by appointing a Key Contact to respond to comments and questions, promoting clarity and understanding about their priorities and process. Grantmakers gain honest and truthful feedback about their grantmaking process and engage in productive conversations regarding their philanthropic objectives.

GrantAdvisor launches in Minnesota and California in June 2017, with new locations and partnerships to be announced in 2018.

June 15, 2017: GrantAdvisor is open for reviews.
July 19, 2017: Public webinar launching pilot website with live reviews -- Register here!

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