Grantmaking Support

We support foundation clients with all aspects of grant making, from RFP development to review of grant applications and Board approval.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Grant Evaluation and Due Diligence

Since 2006, Schonfield Consulting has assisted the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Development Program with evaluation of grant applications and due-diligence. We've helped Program Officers analyze 50+ proposals ($1 million to $30 million grants), assisted with the development of a $44 million grant making program to strengthen education in developing countries, and worked with potential grantees to refine proposals to meet foundation requirements.

Anne with Starbucks Foundation staff, planning for RFP
Anne with Starbucks Foundation staff, planning for RFP

Grantmaking: RFP to Implementation

We assisted senior staff at the Starbucks Foundation to develop and implement a $4 million grant making program to support coffee-growing communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.  Schonfield Consulting developed an "Origins Community Grants Plan", identified NGOs to invite for the RFP, designed proposal guidelines and assisted staff to make funding recommendations to the Foundation Board.

Bayer company logo

RFP for STEM Education

We supported Bayer (an international pharmaceutical company with manufacturing facilities in Berkeley CA) with their grants program focused on STEM education. Working with closely with Bayer staff, we organized a 9 member grants committee, identified STEM organizations to apply, developed RFP guidelines, and helped determine grantees for $2 million in grants to improve STEM education and access to STEM training in the Bay Area.

The Schonfield Consulting team cruiches in front of Well Being Trust staffers on a dirt road in a forest
Offsite retreat in the redwoods with Well Being Trust

Operations Support

Schonfield Consulting is supporting the Well Being Trust, a national foundation promoting mental health and well-being. This foundation – based in Oakland, CA with $100+ million endowment – hired Schonfield Consulting to help with strategy, hiring staff, establishing initial grants and contracts, donor development, CEO support and other foundations operations.