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Partner-Centered Evaluation Capacity Building: Findings from a Corporate Social Impact Initiative

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Partner-Centered Evaluation Capacity Building: Findings from a Corporate Social Impact Initiative

Funders can play a proactive role in helping to fill the gap between funders’ expectations and nonprofits’ ability to evaluate grant results. Using a partner-centered design, Johnson & Johnson piloted an evaluation capacity-building initiative that supported eight grantees in strengthening their ability to measure and use findings concerning health-related outcomes by focusing on key evaluation … Continued

Unlocking the Mystery of Volunteer Retention: How Girl Scouts of Northern California is Using Advanced Predictive Analytics to Inform its Volunteer Management Practices

Like many nonprofits that depend on volunteers to fulfill their mission, Girls Scouts of Northern California (GSNorCal) faces a growing challenge. As the number of girls involved in the program grows, so too does the need to retain volunteers year after year. With support from the Thrive Foundation for Youth, GSNorCal partnered with TCC Group … Continued

(Re)thinking Funder Networks and Collaboratives

The field of philanthropy encompasses tens of thousands of funding institutions as well as several hundred philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) and funder collaboratives. Funders created these PSOs and funder collaboratives—yet we have heard them question the value of their ongoing support for these entities. Surprisingly, our recent research revealed that funders quickly renewed their appreciation for … Continued

The Missing Link for Maximizing Impact: Foundations Assessing Their Capacity

A rapidly changing, global socio-political environment requires foundations to be nimble in maximizing opportunities to advance their agendas. At the same time, grantmakers are establishing ever more ambitious goals that often require grantees to function at peak capacity. Why, then, have more foundations not assessed their own institutional capacity? This article discusses an assessment of … Continued

Shine a Light: The Role of Consultants in Fostering a Learning Culture at Foundations

Noticeably absent on the list of reasons foundations cite for engaging consultants is learning—a particularly important attribute for foundations that grapple with complex issues in dynamic environments. Consultants are particularly well positioned to help foundations in the learning process. They help organizations understand and create models and frameworks, implement strategies and mechanisms within them, overcome … Continued

The Best of the Humanistic and Technocratic: Why the Most Effective Work in Philanthropy Requires a Balance

This Foundation Review article highlights the need for a blended strategy and ways funders can be more effective, including: As a more technocratic approach to philanthropy has emerged over the past 15 years, it has been seen as the opposite of humanistic philanthropy. Rather than a dichotomy, these approaches are on a continuum. The best … Continued