In this section, you will find articles and resources on strategic grantmaking, taking risks and learning from mistakes, considering general operating support and other strategies. For a wide variety of additional resources on this topic, visit NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center.
Formal evaluation can be very expensive. Many family foundations believe they lack the resources to evaluate the work they support. A question for all funders is: how do we assess impact in cost-effective ways? If formal evaluation is not the answer, or not the whole answer, what are our alternatives?
Creating a good grants assessment system should not be about the assessment process itself – it should be about the social benefits such a system can help bring about.
Over its quarter century of existence, the Noyce Foundation’s approach to grant making evolved, reflecting what the trustees learned from their cumulative experiences. In this post, the foundation shared ten core principles that characterize it’s approach.
Many foundations grossly underestimate the importance of evaluating impact. Here are five reasons why foundations should regularly conduct evaluations.
Consider adapting this sample grant evaluation form from the Lowell Berry Foundation for your own purposes.
Consider adapting this sample grant evaluation report from The Leighty Foundation for your own purposes.
Consider adapting this site visit worksheet from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation for your own purposes.
Consider adapting this interim grant evaluation report from the Walton Family Foundation for your own purposes.