Are Organizational Charts Necessary?

Organizational charts (name)


Let’s face it.

Organizational charts take up a lot of space in a grant proposal.  There’s some debate whether they’re truly necessary.  I have a couple of “rules of thumb” here.

1.  If the RFP says to include one, then there is no question.  It is necessary.

2. If the RFP says DO NOT include one, then there is also no question.  Do not include one.

3.  If the RFP is silent on the issue then I would include one, simply because an organizational chart is an important way to show that you understand the need for oversight of program staff and resources.  This is usually part of the need to demonstrate organizational capacity.  Any organization that doesn’t have an updated organizational chart should make one.  If you’re “just the grantwriter” then do your best to impress upon the organization the need for this document.  You need it for the grant proposal, whether they need it for other purposes.  That should be enough of a reason to have one that is up-to-date.

That’s all for this time.

Thanks for all you do, working for excellence in your nonprofit.


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