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Getting The Most Out of Evaluation

March 16, 2015

As a longtime funder of evidence-based programs and rigorous evaluations, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) has learned from experience how difficult it can be to build an evidence base and extract the maximum benefit from evaluation. All of EMCF's 19 current grantees are undergoing or have completed rigorous evaluation.As times, needs, funding, demographics, implementation and implementers inevitably change, a program must be assessed regularly to ensure it keeps up with these changes and adapts to them. And continual evaluation is the best way to ensure continual innovation, for how else can an organization that tries to do something new or differently determine whether its innovation is successful and discover ways to refine and extend it?

Philanthropy: Not Even the Same Stream Once

August 15, 2013

As NPQ prepared to take on a mapping of changes in the philanthropic landscape, it recognized that this would be informed not only by changes that have occurred but also by the trajectories of that change. In other words, some trends are occurring quickly, almost like a tumble downhill, and others may remind us more of Sisyphus painstakingly pushing a rock up the side of a mountain. Many of the more massive shifts in philanthropy that have occurred over the last twenty years might be grouped under the rubric "disintermediation" (the elimination of an intermediary), and the major force in charitable disintermediation is primarily, but not solely, the Internet.

Donor Retention: What Do We Know & What Can We Do About It?

August 13, 2013

Donor retention is key to a sustainable base of individual giving. What drives customers to stay, and what affects their behavior? This paper outlines the actions nonprofits can take to improve donor loyalty.

African Artist Networks and Artistic Sovreignty

June 19, 2013

In a quest for artistic sovereignty, there is a growing movement in Africa toward regional artist networks.This article speculates on the impacts of emerging artistic networks on the African continent.

Notes on the Limitations of Strategic Philanthropy

January 25, 2013

While there are benefits to strategic grantmaking, organizations should beware of taking the trend too far. As Scanlon concludes about the Public Welfare Foundation's adoption of a strictly strategic approach to philanthropy, "We threw the PWF baby -- and many of its best qualities -- out with the bathwater."

Does the End Justify the Middleman?

September 21, 2009

Intermediaries have moved into every activity area and part of the country in the nonprofit and foundation world and, from all appearances, must be essential given the amount of funds expended. While the nonprofit sector has grown at twice the rate of the rest of the economy since 1985, intermediaries have expanded 10 times that amount. Resentment has grown among the purported beneficiaries of the booming intermediaries, anxious that bigger and bigger leaks have sprung in their pipelines of support.

The Nonprofit Quarterly Study on Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure

May 7, 2009

Examines trends in the nonprofit sector's support network and financing system and their capacity to address the impact of the financial crisis on small and midsize nonprofits, share organizational survival strategies, and connect them to resources.

Advancing Equality: What Can Foundations Do? A Selected Overview of Equal Opportunities Actions

November 1, 2007

A report produced by the EFC as a contribution to the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All. The document outlines 110 case examples of independent funders' involvement and practices in the fields of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.