Contingency fees or percentage fees are commission-based payments issued to professionals only if there is a favorable result from their work. In the case of grant writing, it means that a grant writer is paid based on a percentage of the grant awarded.
There are a number of reasons why grant writer associations consider commission-based payments unethical and why most grantors disallow such payments. From the grant writer's standpoint alone, eCivis blog contributor Dr. David Lipten begins his case with the following:
Grant writers do the same amount of work whether or not a proposal is funded. You wouldn’t expect to have to pay a doctor only if you were 100% cured, right? So, in the same way, grant writers should be able to expect to receive compensation for any/all services rendered.
Dr. Beverly Browning, Vice President of Grants Professional Services for eCivis, discusses the topic of contingency fees in one of her grant writing seminars in this short clip below:
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