The Centre for Effective Philanthropy suggests:

  • Nonprofit leaders believe most of their foundation funders lack a deep understanding of their intended beneficiaries’ needs—and they believe this lack of understanding is reflected in foundations’ funding priorities and programmatic strategies.
  • Nonprofit leaders say the foundations that best understand their organizations’ intended beneficiaries’ needs actively engage with their organizations and their work; are humble, open, and collaborative in their approach; or are deeply connected to the issues or communities.

Source: Centre for Effective Philanthropy