Evaluation Project Summary
In recognition of our ten-year anniversary in January 2008, we launched a comprehensive evaluation project. As part of this effort, the Foundation engaged Bain & Co. to assist in assessing the following:
- To understand the impact the Foundation has had within our core focus areas over the past ten years
- To determine how our strategies need to evolve in order to maximize the impact of our grants
- To create tools to measure our impact in the future
- To identify opportunities for improving our grantmaking process
In addition to internal strategy reviews, our project included numerous external interviews with 21 national and local foundations, nonprofits, and associations. These conversations helped us objectively frame our grantmaking efforts within the broader philanthropic scene and in each of our core focus areas. Through this dialogue, those in the field helped us determine an effective level of evaluation and assessment. Our nonprofit partners provided vital input in their individual abilities to measure results and assess their own effectiveness.