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 progr … [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 repor … [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 col … [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 sho … [Read more...] about Donating Only After-the-Fact … Help Me Understand
I have, perhaps very late in the day, come to accept that interpersonal relationships are indispensable for these important collaborations, joint efforts, and initiatives to succeed, and require as much expertise and attention as the work itself. By Richard Marker In a … [Read more...] about Relationships Do Matter