CHECKLIST: 12 Grantmaking Risks To Consider

It’s important to consider all the major risk factors before making a grant or starting a partnership.



Grantmaking, especially internationally, can be risky business.

Have you considered all the major grantmaking risks before making a grant or starting a nonprofit partnership? No nonprofit partner is risk-free, and it is important to keep in mind ways that risks may vary when partnering with international organizations, in particular.

By downloading the Grantmaking Risk Factors Checklist, you’ll find examples of risk factors that might lead a grantmaker to look with greater scrutiny when evaluating a nonprofit organization. You’ll also gain a clearer understanding of the criteria that can be indicators of risk. As a starting point in your team’s conversations about grantmaking risk, you may find the “Grantmaking Risk Factors Checklist” helpful. You can also reference back to it as you consider potential organizations to receive grants or to become your nonprofit partner.

Lastly, it’s important to consider your company or corporate foundation’s appetite for risk and on which risk factors you might want to place additional weight. Where one or more risk factors are present, we recommend caution and further conversation when deciding whether to proceed with a grant.

Key Takeaways

Here’s what you can do with your download of the “Grantmaking Risk Factors Checklist”:

  • Reference and rank 12 major risk factors for yourself.
  • Print and use the checkboxes as you consider the risk factors for the particular nonprofit you’re considering.
  • Assess your company or corporate foundation’s appetite for risk and which risk factors should be weighted the most.


Length: Two pages
Level: Introductory

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