The recent changes to the ALF grant application format, to make it more streamlined and less paper-intensive, have been well received by both applicants and the ALF Board. Some minor revisions will likely be done to the forms prior to the August 26 deadline for the October 7, 2013 ALF Board meeting, based on feedback we have received to date.
Now that the application format has been updated, will ALF require a particular form or format for mid-year and year-end grant reporting?
See the ALF Bulletin 2013 -1 for a summary of the ALF Grant Reporting Requirements and what should be included in financial reports and narrative reports.
For additional inspiration on grant reporting see the insightful article by Rayna Shienfield of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants recently published in The Philanthropist. Although the focus of the article is on the preparation of a non-profit organization’s annual report, the principles and concepts of accountability and the key report elements described by Ms Shienfield are equally applicable to any report. This practical piece is recommended reading for all ALF grantees and we encourage you to share it with your Board o fDirectors as well.
“Accountable Reporting for Nonprofit Organizations”, The Philanthropist, Vol 24, No 3 (2012).