Currently, theBill and Melinda Gates Foundation remains at the forefront ofphilanthropic giving, but there are many other foundations seeking qualified partners. While private and corporate foundations are notorious for stringently screening grant applicants, some of these charitable institutions leave room for engaging new partners by encouraging organizations to submit project ideas that will contribute to achieving the foundation’s mission and objectives.
By advertising open opportunities — or grant opportunities that have no fixed application deadlines — foundations attract a multitude of prospective partners. Open opportunities are either scheduled to reopen after a specified timeframe or remain open indefinitely. Unlike requests for proposals, or RFPs, which outline specific requirements for a program, open opportunities are less structured, allowing organizations to design their own solutions for tackling development challenges.
Ezekiel is a senior development analyst and team leader at Devex. His primary role is monitoring and reporting on project opportunities and trends of leading multilateral and bilateral donor agencies. A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Political Science, Ezekiel has extensive global development research experience having also worked at the World Youth Alliance, Asia and the Pacific (WYAAP).
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