How to Position Your Nonprofit Organization for a Big Bet

Many organizations would love a "big bet" donation to help them reach their goals, but not every organization is ready to make good use of funding at such a scale. Our tool and examples can help you understand how your organization could become “big bettable”—identifying the key questions you need to answer in order to do so.
What is Your Important Problem?

What is Your Important Problem?

Do you have a compelling, succinct articulation of needs facing a specific, under-served population?

Where is Your Point of Arrival?

Where is Your Point of Arrival?

Do you have a concrete 5–10 year goal that lies between long-term vision and short-term goals?

Can You Describe a Credible Path?

Can You Describe a Credible Path?

What is your set of capabilities, plans, and reasons to believe that your organization can achieve its goals?

Why Do You Need Philanthropy?

Why Do You Need Philanthropy?

What is your clear articulation of why philanthropic resources are the right medium to achieve your point of arrival?

Do You Have a Strong Leader & Team?

Do You Have a Strong Leader & Team?

Does your team have deep knowledge of (ideally proximity to) the issue at hand and/or a track record of success in addressing these challenges?

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