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Getting to Impact Discussion Guide #7: What Evaluation Is and Isn’t

This discussion guide helps you define evaluation and its value in measuring your foundation’s impact. The guide highlights how evaluation can help you: Improve your work through learning. Become more effective. Assess your work in a way that’s grounded in your foundation’s priorities and values. Gather information and shed light on one issue at a... 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

Getting to Impact Discussion Guide #8: Making Evaluation Manageable and Meaningful

This discussion guide walks you through one foundation’s process of engaging in evaluation. Although this foundation is fictitious, it represents many small funders across the country. Using this guide, you’ll explore how this foundation: Engages in a strategic planning process. Keeps evaluation manageable. Learns and improves. The guide also features relevant Exponent Philanthropy resources as... Read More

Getting to Impact: Why Evaluation Is Key – Stories From Small Foundations

For foundations, making an impact requires good planning, intentional work toward a goal, and a drive to keep learning and improving. Evaluation is a critical tool along the way. This primer makes the case for evaluation as a powerful tool for your foundation. It will: Define impact and evaluation. Discuss the many reasons to incorporate... Read More

Investments Collection

This bundle of four primers offers valuable information to the person who oversees your foundation’s investments. These primers include: Getting It Done: The Who and How of Small Foundation Investing Creating a Strategy and Plan for Your Foundation’s Investing: Developing and Using an Investment Policy Statement (IPS) Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small... Read More

Hiring Great Staff

New staff members can offer your foundation an opportunity to deepen its capacity, broaden its perspective, and increase its impact. In this primer, you’ll find an overview of the issues a foundation should weigh at each step of the hiring process. These steps include: Recruiting Interviewing Setting compensation Hiring New employee orientation Whether you are... Read More