Three years ago I had lunch with a foundation executive who was interested in supporting an emerging philanthropic institution in Africa. Our discussion was going well until he asked ‘So you will be a regranting organization then?’ I stared at him. I had no idea what the question meant, never mind the answer. I quickly ran the word through a mental dictionary and with a sinking feeling I nodded yes.
This issue of Alliance offers diverse perspectives on the subject of grantmaking from a distance. Now that I know what the word regranting means, I think it is important that its use should be properly contextualized.