General Guidance

In writing your manuscript, we encourage you to keep the following in mind:

  • The target audience for The Foundation Review is foundation staff, board members, and those who work with them to develop, operate, and evaluate social interventions or programs.
  • Manuscripts should emphasize the practical applications of the findings being described, related to both the content area and grantmaking strategies or tactics.
  • We encourage you to consider joint authorship (consultant/foundation staff) where appropriate, in order to ensure multiple viewpoints.
  • Maximize the readability of your manuscript by using a clear writing style. For example, consider using headings to help guide the reader through the article and using bulleted lists as appropriate.
  • We publish in full color. Charts, graphs, photographs, or other illustrations that support key points are helpful. (Note that we will need a signed release from the subject(s) in order to use photographs.)
  • Tables and figures:
    • Tables should appear at the end of the manuscript. Be sure to have a reference to each in the manuscript.
    • Figures and other illustrations (photos, etc.) should be submitted in a separate file, with a clear reference to each in the manuscript.
    • Submit a separate file with a list of all tables and figures.
  • Manuscripts should include, as relevant, the rationale or theory of change behind the work being described (the theory behind the grantmaking strategy, as well as the theory behind the funded activity), the fit with the issue topic, and recommendations for funders and implementers.
  • References should follow APA Style and the manuscript should be blinded for review. When you submit your article electronically, you will add author information separately.
  • Your manuscript should be 6,000 words or fewer.
  • Include an organizational affiliation and brief (one- or two-sentence) biography for each author. Identify a contact author for further correspondence and provide complete contact information (address, telephone and email) for that person.
  • Include a short (two to four word) running title for your manuscript.
  • You may suggest names of potential knowledgeable reviewers. We do not guarantee that we will use those you suggest. 
  • Your article will be reviewed by two to three peers (blind review) prior to final acceptance. You will receive detailed feedback from the reviewers and the editor, either explaining why it was not accepted or giving guidance for your consideration in revising your manuscript, as applicable.


IMPORTANT NOTE: To maintain anonymous status when submitting in Microsoft Word, please go to File>Properties, then remove the name from the Author box.

If your final manuscript is accepted, you will be asked to sign a statement giving the copyright to The Foundation Review/Grand Valley State University and affirming that you have the right to do so.

Open access publishing is available for $250 per article. The article is hosted on the TFR website as a free download. 



Halftone and color images should be scanned at a minimum of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). Line art should be scanned at 1200 ppi. Please note that nearly all images that are downloaded from the Internet or that are in JPEG or GIF format will be 72 dpi and not acceptable for the printing process. As noted above, please submit graphics in a separate file.

Graphics should be submitted in one of the following Native Application File Formats:

  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) (use Press setting under Job Option)
  • Illustrator (.ai)
  • PowerPoint (.ppt)
  • Word (.doc)*
  • Excel (.xls)
  • InDesign (.id)

*We discourage the use of Word for graphics as this application presents quality problems in production.


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