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Results for:   Topic: “Impact and Evaluation”  

Spotlight Report
How Lean Funders Evaluate
Their Work

To highlight the current state of lean funder evaluation, this report provides an overview of the evaluation methods funders use most often, what they find most useful, how those techniques play out in practice, and how funders use evaluation information to support their work. This report expands on data presented in Exponent Philanthropy’s 2020 Foundation... Read More

Ramping Up for High-Impact Philanthropy

This toolkit is for seasoned donors, donor advised fund holders, foundation trustees, and staff who are taking steps to significantly ramp up the impact of their giving. No longer content with just “making good grants” or “doing good things for the community,”  you have taken a fresh look at your goals, strategies, and outcomes and... Read More

Webinar Recording
Rapid Learning to Reduce Risk and Build Trust

Taking on risky, large, or new projects when you are a small staffed foundation can be very challenging and seem aspirational. What if you could deploy a strategy to expand your giving, receive rapid and early validation to enable more confidence in your giving, all while investing in capacity- and relationship-building with your grantee partners?... Read More

Getting to Impact: Why Evaluation Is Key

For many funders, evaluation conjures up images of jargon, data, and complicated surveys. Evaluation doesn’t have to be overwhelming, though. If it builds on the following principles, evaluation can be manageable and meaningful for even the smallest funders: Evaluation is about learning, rather than judging—Evaluation can bring to mind a report card or a feeling... Read More

Impact Is Worth It

It is possible to impact complex and challenging social issues, even with limited time, energy, and resources. The following factors are key to achieving significant impact: Impact takes passion—Many barriers impede impact, but you can overcome them if your heart is engaged. People who care deeply about a cause will press on when challenges seem... Read More

The Path to Impact

In recent years, with support from Exponent Philanthropy, 70 thoughtful, committed member volunteers have explored the path to impact in small-staffed philanthropy and contributed to publications, seminars, and other resources to make achieving impact more accessible to fellow funders. We’re grateful for their ongoing efforts and delighted to share some of the group’s insights here.... Read More