New leadership, a desire for greater strategic alignment and even greater outcomes for vulnerable seniors those were the elements at the crossroads for AARP Foundation when they began the work of integrating culture with strategies for impact.
In this new Successful Structures case story, we showcase how AARP Foundation used an imperative for collaboration to restructure everything from their physical space to their grants department.
Here's a taste of what you'll read in the case story:
Grants management has focused on building relationships with program staff through monthly or quarterly calls and through joining program officers on site visits. According to Marc McDonald, Director of Grants Management, We help program officers understand the budget and compliance issues, of course, but we also help the program team by asking questions about how to structure the grant, what kind of reporting and metrics should be involved; we are embedded in the process. The program officers remain the point of contact but grants management works alongside programs to be that internal sounding board.
By offering agile and responsive support to the programs team, grants management is helping AARP Foundation to be accountable to one another and to AARP Foundation's mission to improve the lives of vulnerable seniors.
To read more, download this short case story. I would love to hear your thoughts on this story or others you have seen throughout philanthropy, either on Twitter @mgreanias (#successfulstructures) or by email at [email protected].
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