Philanthropies play an important role in contemporary society. They are, by their very nature, focused on supporting the public good and human welfare. While philanthropies, each year, channel vast sums to the achievement of laudable goals, their social and economic power has raised questions about their unalloyed reputation for ‘doing good’. See, for example, our previous blogpost, “Philanthrocapitalism?”

In an attempt to provide a voice to those who have worked with foundations, a new website, GrantAdvisor, offers grantees of foundations a safe way to anonymously give feedback about the grantmaking/receiving process. GrantAdvisor also offers foundations an opportunity to learn about grantees’ experience working with foundation staff.

GrantAdvisor effectively serves as a kind “Yelp” to those in the non-profit community. Here for example is a link to grantees experience working with the Wal-Mart Foundation.

You can view GrantAdvisor here to learn more about how the site works and to review the reviews of a number of important national and local foundations.


“A Place Where You Can Speak Your Mind to That Foundation,” Amy Costello. Non Profit Quarterly

“Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices,” Center for Effective Philanthropy

“Helping Community Foundations Strengthen Grantees’ Effectiveness”

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