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Module 2: Unit 6


Determining the difference you want to make is an important step in your family's philanthropy. 

How do you measure your impact? What kind of evaluation approaches will you use? These are all questions that will be addressed in this unit.

Read (5 minutes)
The Mulago Foundation: How we think about impact This short briefing paper by the Mulago Foundation looks at how families of any size can think about measuring impact while adopting specific protocols to their own philanthropic goals.
Read (45 minutes)
Measuring what counts: Meaningful evaluation for family foundations This Passages Issue Brief focuses on techniques for family foundations interested in cost-effective assessments of their giving. It begins with a basic introduction to evaluation and trends in the field. Then, drawing on a set of short case studies, it describes practices being used by family foundations to assess their grantmaking.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Understanding the impact of family grantmaking Very little research exists on assessing the impact of family grants, although it is of great interest to today's family donors. Watch this webinar to see an expert in the evaluation of foundation grantmaking, Janice Molnar discusses what the National Center has learned about how families are addressing the issue of impact and shares best practices with the audience.
Tune-in (60 minutes)
Measuring effectiveness as a family philanthropy While no family launches a charitable giving vehicle with the intention of spending time and resources without results, it can often be difficult to quantify or even evaluate the results of your philanthropy. This discussion with an experienced philanthropic consultant and former foundation executive offers context and suggested strategies for your family as you consider the impact and effectiveness of your philanthropy.
Do (90+ minutes)

multi-generational-brainstormingFamily conversations

Completing the activity: With your family, have a conversation about your favorite foods and some of the different foods you have been trying to eat.

As a family, look through your cabinets or pantry and take some of those non perishable foods and bring them to your local food bank. 

After completing this project have a conversation about the impact you just made. Brainstrom some ways you could have made this project better and more impactful for the community as a way of engaging in small scale "evaluation".