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Grants with Grit

By Kate Caldecott

A recently identified personality trait is getting a lot of attention. In trying to discover who becomes successful and why, psychology professor, Angel Duckworth, identified grit as a key predictor of success (Duckworth, 2007). She defines grit as a combination of passion and perseverance. According to Duckworth:



“The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina. Whereas disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, the gritty individual stays the course.”

 

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Grit in Grantmaking


We can and should apply the same principles to grantmaking. If we are to truly have an impact on the big problems, we need to remember that we’re in a marathon and not a sprint. We need to develop stamina for pursuing ambitious goals, and we need to help foster grit in the not-for-profit organisations which provide services with our funds. How can you develop grit in your grantmaking?

 

Grit in the Face of Change



Grit is also needed when it’s time for change, be it a change to your systems, to your programs or even to your mission. Big changes have to overcome inertia, and sometimes active resistance. Successfully implementing change means having the grit to:


Fostering Grit in Not-For-Profit Organisations



Nowhere is grit more necessary than in the not-for-profit organisations that are working day to day to provide needed services. What can you do to support their stamina and help cultivate grit?


If you would like assistance assessing or improving the “grittiness” of your grant program, please contact me at Kate@katecaldecott.com.au or 0447 227 598.

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