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Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

Publication date: 
09/2016

The report shares data on crucial topics such as foundations’ evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information. It seeks to provide benchmarking data that will be useful to foundation leaders as they seek to better understand the choices of their peers and think more deeply about their own evaluation goals and strategies.

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Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices

Publication date: 
09/2016

Developed in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation (CEI), Benchmarking Foundation Evaluation Practices is the most comprehensive data collection effort to date on evaluation practices at foundations. The report shares data points and infographics on crucial topics related to evaluation at foundations, such as evaluation staffing and structures, investment in evaluation work, and the usefulness of evaluation information.

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The Road to Achieving Equity: Findings and Lessons from a Field Scan of Foundations That Are Embracing Equity as a Primary Focus

Publication date: 
09/2016

The findings in this document were gathered at the request of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as part of its quest to better understand what other foundations are doing to incorporate equity — both in their internal operations and in their grantmaking. This document shares learnings from conversations with several foundations, observations drawn, and suggestions for foundations that want to move forward in their own efforts to embrace equity.

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How Can We Help Our Grantees Strengthen Their Capacity for Evaluation?

Publication date: 
08/2015

There is widespread and growing recognition in the nonprofit sector about the importance of evaluation — not only for measuring impact, but also for improving programs and better serving communities. While grantmakers generally see evaluation as necessary, most are not yet investing enough resources in this area.

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Foundation Source 2015 Annual Report on Private Foundations

Publication date: 
05/2015

The 86,000 private foundations with less than $50 million in assets account for 98% of all foundations in the United States; however, data about this “super majority” is scant because most private foundation research looks only at the wealthiest 2% of grantmaking philanthropies.

Foundation Source’s 2015 Annual Report on Private Foundations provides a first look into the 2014 investment and grantmaking performance of private foundations with less than $50 million in assets. It is based on the actual transactions of 769...

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