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Community Foundation Performance Research

Center for Effective Philanthropy

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2003–April 30, 2004
  • Location Cambridge, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Because of their need to attract and satisfy donors, their tight geographic focus and their desire to be one of the few community organizations that can bridge nonprofit, business and government interests, community foundations face great pressures for public accountability and public appreciation of how they work. Funding will enable the Center for Effective Philanthropy to expand efforts to help community foundations improve their performance and communicate with key constituencies. Objectives include increasing community foundation use of the Grantee Perception Report, a questionnaire that enables nonprofit organizations to report on interactions with a grantmaking foundation; building a larger data set of grantee perceptions of community foundations; and developing the center’s infrastructure around community foundations. The center was established in 2000 to advance the practice of philanthropy by providing the management and governance tools needed to define, assess and improve overall foundation performance.