Understanding & Sharing What Works: The State of Foundation Practice

Assessing the performance of a foundation is notoriously challenging, but it is crucial to learning and improvement. How well do foundation leaders believe they understand what is and isn’t working in their foundation’s programmatic efforts? How are they building that understanding? What information are they choosing to share with others?

To answer these questions, CEP surveyed and conducted in-depth interviews with private and community foundation leaders regarding what they know about what is and isn’t working in their foundations’ efforts to achieve their goals.

The data in this report, along with the insights in the profiles, can help foundation leaders determine the best methods for learning from their work and deciding what to be open about.

Publication date: November 2018

Ellie Buteau

Vice President, Research

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Jennifer Glickman

Manager, Research

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
  • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

  • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.