Current and Past Grantees
Below are the grants awarded for Feedback Practice, Feedback Research, and Increasing Foundation Openness.
$305,010 / 1 year (2017)
For Constituent Voice 2.0 – Scaling Client Feedback Loops Across the National Enterprise
$300,000 / 2 years (2015-2016)
For implementation of feedback loops with participants at all stages of CEO's program model and associated research
CEO provides employment reentry services to people returning from prison in 11 sites across New York, California, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life-skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services. CEO is committed to serving the most at-risk populations and places an emphasis on providing services to young adults ages 18-25 – a population who frequently has limited work experience and faces particularly strong barriers to entering the workforce.
$500,000 / 1 year (2015)
$700,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
For continued development of Feedback Labs
Feedback Labs is a convener, connector and hub of knowledge, tools, and resources to accelerate the culture of listening and co-creation between funders, practitioners and the people they seek to help. It currently has fifteen members, including practitioners, funding platforms, technology providers, policy makers, and direct service organizations. With this grant, Feedback Labs will build its capacity to convene people, catalyze collaboration, disseminate findings/good practices; and increase Feedback Lab’s focus on the US domestic philanthropic sector.
$700,000 / 1 year (2015)
$200,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
For implementation of feedback loops between charities listed on GlobalGiving and their end beneficiaries
GlobalGiving is an online fundraising community that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits around the world the opportunity to access money, information, and ideas they need to improve their communities. This grant is to help GlobalGiving establish a new norm in the social sector in which organizations systematically listen to those they seek to help and meaningfully incorporate those voices into their work, beginning with the more than 2,500 nonprofits in the GlobalGiving network.
$600,000 / 3 years (2015 -2017)
For assessing, testing and systematizing feedback loops in Neighborhood Revitalization
In more than 220 communities across the United States, Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with low-income families and coalition partners to revitalize neighborhoods. With this grant, Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization team will evaluate current feedback mechanisms, then design and launch a systematized approach to ensure that residents drive community transformation.
$300,000 / 1 year (2015)
$600,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
For building and implementing the Feedback Commons
Keystone Accountability is a consulting firm to NGOs that specializes in setting up Constituent Voice™ feedback loops and is developing an online Feedback Commons where organizations can access curated questions/tools/resources and contribute to generating comparative data sets. With this grant, Feedback Commons will continue to build out the prototype, add more users and learn what is more/less effective in feedback collection.
$350,000 / 1 year (2017)
$550,000 / 2 years (2015-2016)
For implementation of the Constituent Voice project
LIFT is a national nonprofit dedicated to helping families break the cycle of poverty. By fostering relationships between low-income parents (members) and dedicated volunteers (advocates), we help families build the strong personal, social and financial foundations to secure immediate, critical needs and to achieve long-term goals and aspirations. With this grant, LIFT will strengthen the member feedback system implemented in the Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC offices. LIFT's member feedback focus is two-fold: (1) on generating insights and opportunities to better serve their members and (2) investigating if perceptual data from members (on relationship quality or social/personal foundations) correlates with concrete steps towards members' goals and ultimately achieving those goals.
$78,500 / 1 year (April 2016 - April 2017)
For incorporating the "voice of the citizen" in global development, global health and international philanthropy
This grant will fund a fellowship through NCCI to the Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) to implement feedback loops within the federal agency. The National Center for Civic Innovation is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization created by the Board of Directors of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) in 2002. Its purpose is to facilitate the ability of other cities and communities throughout the United States to adapt FCNY’s approach, applications and expertise in improving quality of life and the performance of government and nonprofit organizations.
$550,000 / 1 year (2015)
$650,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
For continued development of the YouthTruth student survey program
YouthTruth is a national survey project run by the Center for Effective Philanthropy which focuses on gathering feedback from students nationwide in grades 3 through 12 for use by school leaders and education funders to make better decisions to lead to better outcomes for students. With this grant, YouthTruth will continue to serve more school districts and build toward a sustainable economic model.
$81,200 / 1 year (2017)
For a research project examining (1) which aspects of foundation/grantee interaction best predict whether grantees think funders understand their beneficiaries needs, (2) whether grantees think that funders prioritize their funding around their understanding of beneficiary needs, and (3) how the perceptions a grantee has of their foundation's understanding of its intended beneficiaries' needs factors into the overall strength of relationship a grantee has with a foundation.
CEP provides data and insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and, as a result, their intended impact.
$358,000 / 3 years (2015-2017)
For the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH)
Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center that builds knowledge to improve policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities. Chapin Hall is currently undertaking CalYOUTH to evaluate the impact of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act on outcomes for foster youth during the transition to adulthood. With this grant, the study team will bring the findings from the longitudinal study back to the foster youth and gain their feedback on the data and policies being made on their behalf.
$468,450/ 2 years (2016–2017)
For research to evaluate relationships between perceptual feedback and outcomes from the people we seek to help.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA is undertaking research to examine whether feedback data can predict which type of beneficiary receives the biggest impact from a program and which does not.
$500,000 / 2 years (2016 – 2017)
To embed and integrate a perceptual feedback study into REDF’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) evaluation with the aim of answering the following questions: Are participants’ perceptions about the effectiveness of social enterprise programs predictive of subsequent job placement and retention or other secondary outcomes?
REDF is an intermediary that provides grants and technical assistance to employment social enterprises – businesses with a double-bottom line that hire and provide training to people facing barriers to employment. REDF has a focus on those who have faced homelessness, incarceration, mental health illness, or "opportunity youth." In 2015, REDF was awarded a federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant for the period 2016 – 2020 to fund a national portfolio of 22 employment social enterprises and evaluate the effectiveness of the program model. RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, will be serving as the external evaluator for the SIF evaluation including the perceptual feedback research.
$600,000 / 3 years (2015-2017)
For a research pilot to test and identify the most successful methods and systems for rigorous, systematic collection of client feedback, and then to roll those out to Feeding America food banks and member agencies nationwide
The Urban Institute conducts research and offers evidence-based solutions to pressing social and economic problems. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that provides food to more than 46 million people annually. Together these partners will rigorously test methods for gathering client feedback, using the data to improve services, and communicating to clients how their input made a difference. The most effective methods will then be rolled out across the Feeding America network.
$292,000 / 2 years (2016-2017)
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.
$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 and creates innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
$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.
Map of Awarded Grants
See our awarded grants to date and where we have helped foundations and nonprofits improve by being more open, listening to the people they seek to help, and sharing what they learn.