Reimagining Measurement A better future for monitoring, evaluation, and learning

Favorite Re-imagining measurement is an ongoing initiative to spur innovation in how foundations and nonprofits approach monitoring, evaluation, and learning. In the materials, you’ll find best thinking from the field about a path to a better future, and a toolkit with bright spots, leading edge practices to spread, and innovations to try.

Grantmaker Response to State Fiscal Crisis

FavoriteIn an effort to better understand the philanthropic landscape, we at the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy circulated a survey asking members if and how they are responding to the state’s fiscal crisis. We had a strong response to this survey, with about 30% of members completing it. Thanks to all of you who took time out to provide input about your foundation. Results: State Fiscal Crisis Survey At this time, about 25% of respondents are currently responding to the fiscal crisis. The vast majority of these grantmakers are responding with increased grant support to non-profits. Some grantmakers, about 33%, are Read more

As the South Grows

FavoriteIn its As the South Grows series of reports, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) and its partner Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) have begun exploring the challenges and opportunities to increase equity in Southern communities. Foundations, as the data and others’ lived experience demonstrates, have for too long neglected funding the most promising structural change strategies in the South. As the South Grows is an attempt to examine the reasons for that neglect and to propose solutions.  

Key Metrics for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations

FavoriteUnited Philanthropy Forum’s first-ever 2017 Key Metrics for Philanthropy-Serving Organizations report provides comprehensive benchmarking data and analyses on the governance, finances, membership, services and programs, and operations of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs). Download the executive report — the full report is for members only.

Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

FavoriteThrough our research over the past 20 years, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations has identified a set of grantmaker practices that help nonprofits achieve better results. Every three years, GEO conducts a study to help us understand how we are doing as a field, including trends over time as well as new areas of inquiry. Our understanding of what it means to be a smarter grantmaker continues to evolve. In each version of the study, we ask new questions. Because a clear link exists between foundation culture and foundation practice, we took a closer look at the behaviors and habits that Read more

Fund the People ToolKit

FavoriteFoundations can advance their strategies and goals by investing in grantee staff and the nonprofit workforce. Nonprofit professionals thrive when they are well supported and developed by their organizations. So investing in the people-systems of grantee organizations can and should be a vital part of the job of every foundation trustee and program executive. We created this Toolkit to provide funders practical guidance, promising practices, and data on the value of investing the in nonprofit workforce.

Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success

FavoriteRelationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success sheds light on what constitutes a strong funder–grantee relationship, what nonprofits say it takes for funders to foster such relationships, and the crucial role that program officers play in the equation. The report finds that in the eyes of nonprofits, the most powerful ways that funders can strengthen their relationships with grantees are to: 1) focus on understanding grantee organizations and the context in which they work; and 2) be transparent with grantees. Less powerful, but still important to forming strong relationships, are the experiences grantees have during the selection process Read more

Key Facts on Foundation Evaluation

FavoriteIn 2017 Foundation Center surveyed a sample of U.S.-based foundations about whether they conduct evaluations, what they evaluate, and whether they share what they learn outside of their organization. This infographic lays out key findings from that survey.

PEAK Insight Journal, Intermediaries

FavoriteIn this issue of PEAK Insight Journal, we look at the rise of intermediaries and their increasing influence in philanthropy. Intermediaries, sometimes called regranters, are not new to philanthropy, but their use and utility are a topic of much discussion these days. At their core, intermediaries connect the dots between donors and grantees, managing the grantmaking process with expertise gained from thousands of similar transactions. We highlight ways in which intermediaries afford donors the flexibility and capacity to more quickly respond to events and to use more tools to match capital to needs on the ground.

Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations

FavoriteIdealware partnered with Technology Affinity Group and PEAK Grantmaking to update the publication, Consumers Guide to Integrated Systems for Community Foundations. In this edition, they review and compare eight software packages to see how they meet the specific needs of community foundations. Thanks to the generosity of partners, it’s free to download.

Building Sustainable Cities through Blended Capital

Favorite A Program of Study and Case Analysis on The Kresge Foundation’s Social Investments Practice in Detroit. This case study examines strategies to confront the interconnected web of complex issues facing cities and their residents as they address income inequality and reimagine a sustainable Detroit.

High Impact Giving Guide

FavoriteThis guide is designed to help donors make a bigger difference with their philanthropic gifts. CHIP’s analysts have handpicked 14 distinct opportunities that you can act on immediately. We’ve organized the nonprofit profiles in this guide into three social cause areas donors have always cared about: health, poverty, and education. We’ve also updated our Disaster Relief guide, highlighting how to help in the wake of multiple recent disasters.