100 Forms in 100 Days

Building off key findings from the #FixTheForm survey, GrantAdvisor.org and the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG) partnered to launch “100 Forms in a 100 Days” – a campaign running from April 15 – July 23, 2021 that called upon 100 foundations to share their grant applications with us and make them publicly available on their websites. In doing so, foundations broke down barriers and responded to the nonprofit community’s #1 pain point in grantseeking: not being able to see the full application.

as of 7.23.21

Early Results: 128 foundations answered the call alongside 5 industry-leading grants management systems providers who made permanent changes to their platforms to make full form sharing technically possible. GrantAdvisor is proud to feature the list of “ReFormers” who participated in this campaign.

TAG worked with an independent data scientist to analyze all 128 forms with a key guiding research question: “To what degree do we already have a common application?” Join TAG on August 19 from 1-2p ET for a briefing on the results (https://www.tagtech.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1538366&group=).

Read on to learn more about #FixTheForm and what GrantAdvisor is up to next…

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What is #FixTheForm?

#FixTheForm is a grassroots international movement to identify and fix the worst elements of funding application forms that waste time and money, and exacerbate inequities.

Over 2,500 reviews on GrantAdvisor.org say small (but impactful) changes to grant applications represent the top opportunity for improvement in the field. 

To specifically identify the top changes needed, a survey was launched in November 2020. In less than four weeks it received 500 responses from grantseekers across nine countries, representing every shape, size, and activity area of the nonprofit sector.

#FixTheForm Survey Respondents – Years of Grantseeking Experience

Top Result

“Not being able to see the full grant application ahead of time.”

From the moment the first person responded to the survey to the 500th, there was clear consensus: this pain point is the top opportunity for the field. It received the most number of votes and the highest rating of pain.

There is a whole lot more we can (and need to) do together to #FixTheForm (see below). For now, we’re building the movement by starting with the smallest change that can have a big impact (and just so happens to be the #1 pain point of grantseekers).

Why Fixing the Form Matters

“for many organizations, especially ones that are Black- or Brown-led and far more likely to be chronically under-funded, these are particularly harmful [practices].”

– #FixTheForm Survey Respondent

“I have literally lost hundreds of hours to troubleshooting and navigating poorly designed grant applications and portals.”

Making the application process pain-free and user-friendly will lower the barriers for the organizations that need your support the most.”

“These changes will really help us be able to spend less time and money on form filling and more on the causes and people we support.”

Who Is Leading #FixTheForm

Kari Aanestad is Co-Director of GrantAdvisor.org and Director of Advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Laura Solomons is Head of Donor Relations for the Sutton Trust and incoming Chair of the Peter Minet Trust