By Dawne Bear Novicoff In San Francisco, the school year is about to end. Teachers and children (mine included!) are counting down the final days to summer. In the Jewish calendar, we are counting, too, but upwards rather than down as we mark the days of the Omer. The end of the school year is a special time - one of marking accomplishments and celebration of learning. It is also a time to celebrate educators. We bring them gifts, make … [Read more...] about Counting All Educators, and Learning as We Count
By Stacie Cherner When the Jim Joseph Foundation’s evaluators’ consortium met last November, the overall focus was on the long road ahead towards developing a common set of measures - survey items, interview schedules, frameworks for documenting distinctive features of programs - to be used as outcomes and indicators of Jewish learning and growth for teens and young adults. Consortium members and the Foundation were especially excited to learn … [Read more...] about Measuring Outcomes Across Grantees and Over Time
A site visit is an example where the power imbalance can come into play too easily. By Richard Marker Site visits? How is that an ethical issue? Every “how-to” manual on grantmaking due diligence talks about how useful a site visit can be. After all, 990’s, annual reports, and proposal narratives can tell us only so much – a lot, but sometimes we really want to get the full flavor of a potential grantee. Meeting with the development … [Read more...] about Site Visits: Good Due Diligence or Organizational Intrusion? A Philanthro-ethical Perspective
Long time readers are aware that a checklist on funder collaboratives and partnerships, written over 10 years ago and updated regularly since, is the most frequently requested “how-to” piece in my oeuvre. The philanthropy field has bought into the value of both funder collaborations and funder-grantee partnerships. Every couple of years a slew of articles are published advocating the importance of collaborations, partnerships, and collective … [Read more...] about Collaboration is [usually] Good; but, Are You a Good Collaborator?
By Shuey Fogel Receiving a donation can actually be harmful to a charity? Isn’t that counter-intuitive? Absolutely. Let me explain. How a donor or foundation donates is just as important as how much they donate. Practically speaking, a foundation’s grant process should be straightforward enough so charities are not excessively burdened when applying. Another example is respectful communication between the donor and the charity that … [Read more...] about Donating Only After-the-Fact … Help Me Understand