We support foundation clients with all aspects of grant making, from RFP development to review of grant applications and Board approval.
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.
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.
Grants Portfolio Support
Since 2017, Schonfield Consulting has supported the Well Being Trust, an Oakland, CA-based foundation promoting mental health. We helped staff to implement a 3-year, $30 million grants portfolio--from RFP development to grant approval, as well as grant-reporting and grantee outreach.