What do we mean by general operating support?

General operating support, sometimes referred to flexible or unrestricted funding, means that the funds are not restricted to any particular purpose or program and that the organizations can spend the funds in the areas of greatest need.

Many of you make general operating support grants already, particularly to those nonprofits that you have developed a trusting relationship with over the years. Those organizations are a sure fit for this type of funding. Right now, we encourage you to broaden that scope and consider offering general operating support organizations that may be new to you. We are here to help with any research or recommendations that may help you to feel more comfortable doing so.