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Family Philanthropy Newsletter, April 2019

Publication date: 
04/23/2019

But am I Making a Difference? How Family Foundations Can Understand Their Impact - As a philanthropic advisor, my job is to help donors craft a strategy or approach, find organizations to support, and understand the impact that they’re making. While the first two take some time, they are ultimately achievable. The third is a much heavier lift. And this is more often the case with families, who are committed to making a difference, but are rarely interested diverting potential grant funds to support sophisticated (and expensive) evaluations.

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Grantee Perception Report: David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Publication date: 
12/01/2014

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation engaged the Center for Effective Philanthropy to survey grantees and to prepare a Grantee Perception Report™ (GPR). The GPR is a confidential survey that provides a comprehensive assessment of grantee perceptions of performance, and compares the data to data from other foundations whose grantees were also surveyed. Investing in this process helps us understand how grantees view the impact of a foundation's work and how a foundation is doing overall with strategies and grants processes.

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Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback

Publication date: 
11/01/2014

The Center for Effective Philanthropy report, Hearing from Those We Seek to Help: Nonprofit Practices and Perspectives in Beneficiary Feedback, reveals that most nonprofits are using beneficiary feedback to improve their programs, but leaders of those organizations believe most of their foundation funders lack a deep understanding of their intended beneficiaries' needs.

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Rethinking How Grantmakers Support Scale

Publication date: 
05/01/2014

Kathleen Enright, GEO's president and CEO, describes what the organization learned over the course of our Scaling What Works initiative. Ten other contributors offer their perspectives on “scaling what works” — what it means, what it takes to do it right, and what needs to happen to increase the impact of successful solutions to social challenges.

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