Evaluation

Foundation Transparency: What Nonprofits Want

Publication date: 
05/2013
The first analysis of data from Center for Effective Philanthropy’s annual survey, conducted in association with The Conference Board, shows that 59 percent of the respondents increased their total giving from 2007 to 2012, and that noncash contributions as a percentage of total giving grew from 57 percent in 2007 to 69 percent in 2012.
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NGOsource

Publication date: 
03/2013
A project of the Council on Foundations and TechSoup Global, NGOsource employs a streamlined process (known as equivalency determination or ED) to determine if a non-U.S. organization is equivalent to a U.S. public charity and creates a central repository of certified EDs that will benefit both U.S. grantmakers and the international organizations they support.
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Four Essentials for Evaluation

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06/2012
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations created this guide to help grantmakers get to the next level in their evaluation efforts and embed evaluation practices more deeply in the work of their organizations. GEO pinpoints four essential steps —Lead, Plan, Organize and Share— and includes the stories of 13 GEO members who have demonstrated effective evaluation in action.
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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? A National Study of Philanthropic Practice

Publication date: 
03/2012
GEO's new national field survey of grantmaking practice (conducted by research partner TCC Group) examines the connection between listening to and learning with grantees and improving practices to achieve better results. In light of the global economic downturn, this survey also highlights some of the key shifts in grantmaking since 2008 and what they mean for supporting nonprofit resilience.
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The State of Foundation Performance Assessment: A Survey of Foundation CEOs

Publication date: 
09/2011
Over the past decade foundations have worked to assess their performance in the fields and communities they seek to address. Data-driven forms of measurement have become more widely used to judge the results of programs, as part of a broader range of information used, as CEOs place great importance on assessing their foundations’ effectiveness.
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Can Feedback Fuel Change at Foundations?

Publication date: 
05/2011
When foundations make a commitment to getting consistent feedback from their grantees that is candid and comparative, they can make substantive changes that result in different—and better—grantee experiences. Foundations that use the Grantee Perception Report (GPR) more than once are making changes that are benefiting the organizations they fund. In addition to describing the data, the report identifies four keys to driving change as a result of the GPR, based on CEP’s experience delivering results to some 200 foundations.
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What Makes an Effective Coalition?

Publication date: 
03/2011
The California Endowment, a leading funder of policy advocacy efforts, commissioned TCC Group to conduct new research on the crucial ingredients for an effective coalition or network. Written by TCC Group's Director of Evaluation Jared Raynor, the report identifies the characteristics of effective coalitions and examines how they can be cultivated and evaluated.
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Race to the Top: What Grantmakers Can Learn from the First Round

Publication date: 
06/2010
The nation's foundation community has provided critical financial and technical support to states applying for the first round of the U.S. Department of Education's "Race to the Top" education reform competition. Yet according to this issue brief from the Foundation Center, created from interviews conducted in March and April 2010 with foundation staff, education consultants, and government leaders who had guided the first-round application process in nine states, the success of future collaborations will depend on government including grantmakers in the development of new policies and...
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