Results for:   Topic: “Impact and Evaluation”  

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

Using Data to Inform Grantmaking

Exponent Philanthropy member Fran Sykes and fellow trustees of The Pascale Sykes Foundation use a mix of state data on school achievement and information from other government agencies to set the foundation’s funding priorities. She points out that others can use similar information too: “Every state has KIDS COUNT. Every state has stats from its... Read More

Adopting a Learning Mindset

Learning in philanthropy can happen in any number of ways, from traditional training programs to regular discussions with board members, staff members, or grantees about how things are going and how to get better results. Individuals and organizations with learning mindsets realize that learning is about more than ensuring that grantees are doing what they... Read More

Webinar Recording
Funders are changing their approaches in response to COVID-19. What’s going to stick?

In April, Exponent Philanthropy and PEAK Grantmaking both surveyed their members to learn how they’ve adjusted their funding approaches in response to COVID-19. Join Melissa Sines, Programs and Knowledge Director at PEAK Grantmaking, and Brendan McCormick, Manager, Research and Education at Exponent Philanthropy, for a discussion on their different survey results.  Read More

A Conversation With Experienced Collaborators

Exponent Philanthropy Senior Program Manager Sara Beggs spoke recently with two Exponent Philanthropy members with experience in collaborative models: Emily Tow Jackson of the Tow Foundation and Liz Sak of the Cricket Island Foundation. Tow Jackson has an extensive history with cross-sector collaboration to change the juvenile justice systems in Connecticut and New York. Sak... Read More

Using Evaluation to Become an Effective Learning Organization

Why encourage philanthropists working with few or no staff who already limited time and money to take on evaluation? Two reasons: First, evaluation is a critical element for philanthropists that desire to increase their impact. Second, just because evaluation has been overwhelming or unproductive in the past doesn’t mean it has to be going forward.... Read More