Wednesday, May 11, 2011

What Foundation CEO's Think About Evaluation - The Giveaway - The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas: "The Center for Effective Philanthropy released a survey at its conference in Boston today that injects some new data into the debate about whether foundations are doing enough—or too much, in the eyes of some—to measure their performance.

Seventy-two percent of the 537 foundation chief executives surveyed said that assessing their organization’s performance is a high priority, and 68 percent believe grant makers have made great progress in measuring their performance over the past decade."
keeping a close eye... by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy: Advocacy Philanthropy in the Gulf/Midsouth Yields Substantial Returns for Underserved Communities: "Many in philanthropy don't think of the Gulf/Midsouth as a good place to invest grant dollars.

Yet, advocacy and community organizing by 20 nonprofit organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi over a five-year period has brought more than $4.7 billion in benefits to low-wage workers, low-income students and other neglected populations."
Charities struggle to measure their impact, says report - Third Sector: "New Philanthropy Capital study finds 'explosion of interest', but slow progress, in impact assessment

There has been an 'explosion of interest' in impact measurement among charities over the past year but they are struggling to implement it, according to a new report from the think tank New Philanthropy Capital."