For a research project and publication entitled: "Knowledge about What Works: What and How Foundations Know"
$160,000 / 2 years(2015-2016)
For a research project and publication entitled, "Foundation Transparency: Why It Matters and What It Takes"
CEP provides data and insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and, as a result, their intended impact. With this research project, CEP plans to build on its previous work on foundation transparency by investigating how foundations are assessing what’s working and what isn’t (both in their programmatic areas and in their internal operations), how they use that information, and how they decide what to be open about.
$122,000 / 1 year (2016)
To produce a series of four regional events branded as "Philanthropy Lessons Live: Great Funder-Grantee Relationships"
$25,000 / 1 year (2016) $121,000 / 1 year (2015)
For production and distribution of videos in which foundations share successes, failures, and lessons learned
Exponent Philanthropy is the country’s largest association of funders—nearly 2,200 members strong—and the only one dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.
First Nations Development Institute
$400,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
For a research initiative to understand perceptions of Indians within the philanthropic community and instigate a productive dialogue on philanthropic investment in Native communities.
First Nations Development Institute is a premier national, Native American-led nonprofit organization with a mission to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. First Nations invests in andcreates innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
$300,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To improve foundation openness through regional initiatives and nationwide learning.
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is a national network that facilitates effective philanthropy to strengthen communities and improve lives throughout the United States. With deep regional roots and a broad nationwide reach, the Forum Network represents more than 5,500 participating organizations, the largest network serving and advancing philanthropy in America.
$301,706 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To develop resources and tools focused on the greater sharing of evaluations and lessons learned through an IssueLab "evaluation vertical", GrantCraft guide, and Glasspockets thought leadership.
$296,000 / 2 years (2015-2016)
For the expansion of IssueLab through enhanced technology and increased outreach
Foundation Center is a primary provider of knowledge services for the social sector. Collectively, its Glasspockets, GrantCraft, and IssueLab services offer resources and data to improve practice and to encourage the open sharing of lessons learned. With a new searchable section of IssueLab’s website dedicated to collecting and sharing evaluations as the project’s home base, Glasspockets and GrantCraft will offer related thought leadership through various forms including a guide, blog series, case studies, and dedicated sections of the respective websites. The grant will leverage past technology and audience growth efforts by also supporting a communications campaign elevating and amplifying this work.
$271,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To work with a subset of funders involved with the Collective Impact Forum as a "learning lab" for improving foundation openness and disseminate those learnings.
FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders in search of large-scale, lasting social change. Through a combination of customized services, powerful ideas, and learning communities like the Collective Impact Forum, FSG helps foundations, businesses, nonprofits, and governments around the world accelerate progress. The Collective Impact Forum is a field-building initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions.
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
$165,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To experiment with two approaches to address grantee inclusion/foundation openness: 1) the Change Incubator, and 2) public workshops.
GEO is a diverse community of more than 550 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates. Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success.
$90,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To prototype a mechanism for sharing beneficiary feedback between funders and nonprofits.
GuideStar is the world's largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
National Center for Family Philanthropy
$304,980 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To influence 500 family foundations on how to be more open and transparent in order to improve their grantmaking effectiveness through targeted communications, conference sessions and meetings, webinars, and a Transparency Assessment and Planning (TAP) Tool.
The National Center for Family Philanthropy (NCFP) is the only national nonprofit dedicated exclusively to families who give and those who work with them. NCFP provides resources, expertise and support families need to transform their values into effective giving that makes a lasting impact on the communities they serve.
Women’s Funding Network
$350,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
To conduct a holistic analysis of the openness, accountability, and transparency practices of 90 women’s foundations and share the learnings across the network and with the greater philanthropic community.
With close to 100 women’s foundations and gender equity funders engaged, Women’s Funding Network is the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls, investing over $400 million annually to advance gender equity.
Creative Commons (Past grantee)
$125,000 / 1 year (2015)
For the creation of resources and tools to help foundations adopt open licensing policies
Creative Commons offers a set of free, flexible, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allows authors to share their creative works on more open terms, explicitly permitting others to freely distribute, use and build upon that work. With this grant, Creative Commons will create resources and tools to help foundations adopt open licensing policies so that more of the materials produced by grantees with grant funds can be openly shared.
GIVEWELL (PAST GRANTEE)
$100,000 / 1 year(2015)
For the Open Philanthropy Project
GiveWell provides rigorous analysis of nonprofit performance summarized in “top charity” recommendations on their website that influenced $17 million in giving by individual donors and foundations in 2013. The Open Philanthropy Project is a new initiative by GiveWell and the Good Ventures foundation that seeks to promote effective giving and open sharing by funders about their decisions, processes, lessons learned and failures.