Making Grants to a Pooled Fund: What Grant Managers Need to Know

by Lydia Guterman; Jordana Belke

Aug 10, 2017

In a pooled fund, multiple donors make grants to a single entity, often a 501(c)(3) intermediary, to have a greater and more coordinated impact on an issue. Dollars are combined to create a larger pool of funds, and participating donors jointly make recommendations about how these funds can be used. 

For grantmakers and managers looking to collaborate with peers to increase their impact on an issue, pooling funds at an intermediary can greatly alleviate administrative burdens that might be prohibitive to running the same grant-making program in-house. An intermediary that is set up to make rapid grants of all sizes across geographies provides grant managers with a new set of tools for designing and executing a strategy.

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