Survey Databook: 2018 Contingency Funding in Philanthropy Assessment

FavoriteIn 2015, Open Road Alliance conducted a study to assess the need for contingency funding in philanthropy. They surveyed 200 nonprofits and 200 foundations to explore how often projects require contingency funding and are subsequently granted that funding, the capacity organizations have to deal with disruptive and unexpected events, and the consequences of denied requests for projects and for the funder-grantee relationship. In 2017, to build on the findings from its 2015 study, Open Road commissioned Harder+Company Community Research to conduct a more in-depth assessment of what happens to nonprofits when they encounter unexpected catastrophic roadblocks and how foundations respond Read more

Understanding & Sharing What Works: The State of Foundation Practice

FavoriteAssessing the performance of a foundation is notoriously challenging, but it is crucial to learning and improvement. How well do foundation leaders believe they understand what is and isn’t working in their foundation’s programmatic efforts? How are they building that understanding? What information are they choosing to share with others? To answer these questions,  the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) surveyed and conducted in-depth interviews with private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals. Based on 119 survey responses and 41 interviews, Understanding & Sharing What Read more