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Community Foundation Research Project

Urban Institute

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2004–March 31, 2007
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The effectiveness of foundations is a current issue for a number of reasons: foundation trustees and management want to ensure that available grant dollars are used wisely; new foundation officers want information on their foundations’ performance; and the government and public want transparency and accountability. Community foundations realize the importance of research on foundation effectiveness.Funding will enable the Urban Institute to examine the needs, options and challenges faced by community foundations. The study will focus on three questions: How should organizational effectiveness be defined for community foundations? What innovative practices, organizational models, staffing plans and collaborations are being used by community foundations to achieve excellence and stability? And what options and challenges do community foundations encounter and what strategies do they adopt in response?The Urban Institute, founded in 1968, investigates the social and economic problems confronting the nation, and government policies and programs designed to alleviate them.