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Foundation Operations and Management Report

The Foundation Operations and Management Report—the only resource of its kind for foundations operating with few or no staff—offers key industry benchmarks and long-term data on the evolution of lean foundations. Based on our annual survey of members, this report has insights into the grantmaking, operations, and management of foundations with few or no staff.... Read More

Advocacy Field Guide
for Lean Funders

Some of the most effective foundations involved in policy and advocacy in the United States are lean, place-based foundations. They achieve significant impact and maximize their investment by intensely focusing on their chosen issues, gaining deep insights, leveraging their reputation and relationships, and persistently pursuing their goals.  Why We Designed This Guide We created this... Read More

Getting to Impact Discussion Guide #8: Making Evaluation Manageable and Meaningful

This discussion guide walks you through one foundation’s process of engaging in evaluation. Although this foundation is fictitious, it represents many small funders across the country. Using this guide, you’ll explore how this foundation: Engages in a strategic planning process. Keeps evaluation manageable. Learns and improves. The guide also features relevant Exponent Philanthropy resources as... Read More

Getting to Impact Through Evaluation

Evaluation can be a daunting topic for foundations of all sizes. So why encourage small foundations with already limited time and money to take on evaluation? That’s easy: Evaluation is a key element for foundations that want to increase the impact of their giving. This primer introduces you to the evaluation process and outlines each... Read More

Essentials
Spring 2023: Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy

Our highly-rated publication for members provides a wealth of information and inspiration in one easy read. In this issue: A Call for Catalytic Leadership in Philanthropy Getting Out Into the Community: Start Identifying Gaps and Leveraging Points for Change The Value of Focusing Your Giving My Family’s Foundation Entered the Policy Arena, and We’re Not... Read More

Getting to Impact: Why Evaluation Is Key – Stories From Small Foundations

For foundations, making an impact requires good planning, intentional work toward a goal, and a drive to keep learning and improving. Evaluation is a critical tool along the way. This primer makes the case for evaluation as a powerful tool for your foundation. It will: Define impact and evaluation. Discuss the many reasons to incorporate... Read More