Foundation Effectiveness: What It Takes

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York; 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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Foundation effectiveness is deceptively difficult. Drawing on the latest Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) research, as well as CEP’s experience working with hundreds of foundation clients, Phil Buchanan will explain what it takes. He’ll speak to both inspiring examples and stunning foundation failures, offering lessons learned that are applicable to foundations large and small. He’ll take on some of the pervasive myths about effectiveness, including that “business thinking” is what philanthropy needs. He’ll also address critics of the “effectiveness movement” – some of whom have argued that effectiveness has been defined in a way that is at odds with racial equity – suggesting that, in fact, effectiveness and racial equity go hand in hand. He’ll draw on his deep experience in the sector, as well as draw lessons from key CEP reports, including the recently released Relationships Matter: Program Officers, Grantees, and the Keys to Success.


  • How to think about effectiveness – what it is and how foundations can frame it internally and externally
  • What underlying elements of approach and strategy contribute to foundation effectiveness - including how racial equity factors in
  • How foundations can learn from failure – what are some salient lessons


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All interested funders.


8:45 - 9:00 AM  Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM  Program

Registration is required by April 10.

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