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Getting to Impact Through Evaluation

Evaluation can be a daunting topic for foundations of all sizes. So why encourage small foundations with already limited time and money to take on evaluation? That’s easy: Evaluation is a key element for foundations that want to increase the impact of their giving. This primer introduces you to the evaluation process and outlines each... Read More

Grantee and Applicant Perception Survey

There’s no question: listening to your community is a key factor in good grantmaking. This survey offers your foundation a structured opportunity to learn from your grantees and applicants, identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, and set up your board and staff for productive conversations that increase your foundation’s effectiveness. Here’s what you... Read More

Working With Community Foundations: A Guide for Small Foundations

With so much interest in giving to their communities, it makes sense that many small foundations work with local community foundations to achieve their charitable goals. This primer describes how your small foundation can work with a community foundation to fulfill your mission and goals. It highlights how community foundations can help you: Expand your... Read More

Funding and Engaging in Advocacy: Opportunities for Small-Staffed Foundations

Small foundations often know the problems and needs in their communities better than most. That is why it can be valuable for foundations to leverage their resources and understanding of local needs to support nonprofit advocacy. But how do you get started? This primer provides you with a wide “comfort zone” for funding advocacy activities,... Read More

Outsized Impact

Illustrating the power of individual, family, and small-staffed foundation donors We are pleased to share with you our annual report, Outsized Impact 2016, which showcases many of our 2016 accomplishments and illustrates the power of small-staffed foundations, philanthropic families, and individual donors. We invite you to read these stories, share them with others, and embrace the... Read More

Teen Philanthropy Café

This series introduces young people to strategic, thoughtful philanthropy, and inspires them toward giving with impact. Families and adults who work with youth can use these guides to facilitate peer discussions and fun activities around giving. On the menu Order a full-color, printed set of these readers. This project is a partnership of Exponent Philanthropy and... Read More