Philanthropic Evaluation

Funders have long struggled with identifying and implementing measures of evaluating their performance as a way to gauge both internal performance and social impact achieved through grantmaking. Perhaps due in part to the tenuous nature of evaluation in philanthropy, a wide variety of evaluation tools and models have emerged.

Purposes of Evaluation

Philanthropic evaluation generally aims to measure two things: the effectiveness of a grant or grantee program or the social impact or effectiveness of the funder. According to a 2002 study conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy, evaluations are the most commonly used tool for assessing overall foundation performance. In the study Indicators of Effectiveness, 72% of foundation chief executives said they use grant, grantee, and program evaluations to assess the performance of their foundations ...

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