Hi Nicole! Would you be open to something more systematic, e.g. a public web page where people could look through proposals from applicants who opted into sharing? This could be a simple but valuable resource for donors looking to source new ideas.
It’d also be helpful for applicants. Using my experience as an example, my application for the Giving Game Project made it to the final round in the referral process but didn’t receive a grant. I was told the biggest concern was around the project’s room for more funding, and I would love to get the proposal in front of other donors who might see that issue differently (as I do).
Hi Jon! This is certainly something I’ve thought about. I think there are lots of pros and cons, and currently I’m leaning towards no until I’ve had a chance to explore the cons more thoroughly. If we publicly share applications we reject, it’s especially important to give a thorough explanation so the applicant, other potential funders, and future applicants can understand our reasoning. These things involve a lot of nuance and complexity, and it would take a lot of time to do it at an adequate level. If you have any more thoughts, feel free to reach out to me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for putting thought into this!