While the tenets of taking a trust-based approach may appeal to a funder in theory, there is always the question of practice, especially when it comes to the legal implications of unrestricted grants, improving access to funding, and minimizing paperwork for nonprofit partners. This article by Alana Petraske, a lawyer and advisor to philanthropies and nonprofits, disentangles many of the long-held connections between restrictive funding practices and legal obligations, with a particular examination of:
- Grantee due diligence,
- Unrestricted funding, and
Petaske underscores the importance of funders absorbing the burden of documentation for legal purposes, where individualized conversations with grantees take the place of one-size-fits-all funding applications and reports.