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General Purposes

Center for Effective Philanthropy

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2008–December 31, 2009
  • Location Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

This grant will provide general purposes support to the Center for Effective Philanthropy. The center provides management and governance tools to define, assess, and improve overall foundation performance. Since launching its first assessment tool in 2003, more than 120 foundations have commissioned the center’s Grantee Perception Report and have made significant improvements as a result. The center has developed four other assessment tools. Its research reports on topics such as effectiveness indicators, governance, strategy, and grantee-grantor relationships have influenced practice at many of the country’s largest foundations. Over the next two years, the center will broaden its research agenda, expand its assessment tool offerings, undertake important programming, and develop a stronger infrastructure through new hiring, investments in technology, and the establishment of a West Coast office.