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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

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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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Assessing, Addressing and Progressing: Philanthropy Improves Community Environments and Health for All

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04/01/2014

A growing number of foundations are investing in efforts to assess and address environmental conditions in local communities. This grantmaking is grounded in evidence linking common hazards to health problems, such as research on air pollution and asthma, lead paint and neurodevelopmental deficits, contaminated water and cancers, and pesticides and Parkinson’s. Philanthropy’s investments are making neighborhoods healthier places to live, testing approaches along the way that may help future grantmaking.

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3 Insights for Evaluation

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

Many evaluations are guided a by time-tested set of questions: what happened? how efficiently and effectively were the results achieved? What are the next steps? Speakers at GEO's 2014 Conference in Los Angeles are asking some additional questions. In doing so, they add important layers of nuance to the foundational practices of evaluation in philanthropy.

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This Stuff is Hard but We Aren’t Alone: Perspectives on GEO from a Non-Grantmaking Technologist

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

The Setting

I was in good company as a newbie GEO conference attendee, given that there 47% of participants were first timers – but it was easy as everyone I met was friendly and welcoming to a person.  My firm is dedicated to technology capacity building in the foundation and nonprofit sector – and I hoped to take away some ideas and perspectives on how foundations can become more effective.

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Promoting Civic, Social and Economic Progress for Los Angeles: 2011 and 2012 Annual Report

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02/01/2014

Established in 1926 by a prominent, reform-minded physician and his suffragist wife, the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation is Los Angeles’ leading supporter of social science research. It is also the oldest private foundation in the city. This report outlines the Foundation's work and accomplishments in 2011 and 2012.

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Pivoting Quickly: Responding Effectively to Unforeseen Health Challenges

Publication date: 
02/01/2014

Our field is adept at planning grantmaking programs that are designed to address defined issues and can include components, phases, evaluations and other facets that strategically promote our respective missions. But what about the unforeseen? How can funders respond effectively and quickly to emerging issues? For The California Wellness Foundation, these answers are often found in the world of public health. With grantmaking dollars set aside for special projects, we are able to pivot quickly in pursuit of our mission to improve the health of the people of California.

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