End-Game Evaluation: Building a Legacy of Learning In a Limited-Life Foundation

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Few, if any, of the problems philanthropy seeks to address can be solved within a brief, defined time frame. Limited-life foundations can only strive to move the ball down the field before they sunset, and then enlist others to carry the work forward. This article shares the emerging hypotheses of two foundations, The Atlantic Philanthropies and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation — each four years from sunset — about the opportunities and challenges for evaluation in the limited-life context. The article argues that systematically capturing and sharing knowledge — about programs, as well as social-change methods and grantmaking practices — can increase a foundation’s influence and impact during its final years and beyond.


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Content Partner: The Foundation Review


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May 2017


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Authors(s):

Ashleigh Halverstadt and Benjamin Kerman


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Field/Sector Learning and Evaluation 
Strategy and Evaluation
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