Logic modeling is popular with large foundations, but has not been embraced by many of the smaller ones. One reason is that foundations with few or no staff fear that producing one is complicated and time consuming. It doesn’t have to be. And it can be a crucial tool for small asset foundations looking to make sustained impact, as explained in this Passages Issue Brief.
Simply put, a logic model is a systematic, visual way to present a plan with its underlying assumptions and theoretical framework. It helps a foundation ask“What impact do we want to have on the community?” Then you work backwards to figure out what kind of activities need to take place, what kinds of projects need to be supported in order to have that outcome and impact. A logic model can tell an organization’s story and why the organization exists.