January 19, 2011; Source: North County Times | No, we aren’t toying with you! In San Diego, the Alliance Healthcare Foundation has declared that it will eliminate much of the “voluminous paperwork” formerly required in its application process, replacing it with a short request form and an interview. The foundation provides grants to health related groups in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

Bob McCray, chairman of the foundation’s board says, “Writing applications for grants is a tedious, expensive process . . . Instead, our approach is, 'Let's use a really simplified process where we work hard each year to find the organizations that are doing the best job at making their operations more efficient or otherwise helping to serve more people in the medically needy population we're concerned with.'”

The foundation expects that by adopting this practice, it will be able to increase grantmaking by 50 percent or $750,000. NPQ would like to commend this foundation for its great good sense.—Ruth McCambridge