Are Grantmakers Supporting Nonprofit Evaluation?

From the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ latest issue of Giving Forum:

Progress Through Evaluation

Grantmakers and nonprofits alike cite evaluating the impact of their work as their greatest challenge. How do we measure the difference a grant makes in transforming a complex community problem or moving a nonprofit closer to achieving its mission? This issue examines how Minnesota grantmakers and nonprofits are using a wide range of measures, methods and tools to assess their successes, understand their failures and change their approaches in the pursuit of impact.

Read the full report on the MCF website »

Funders can build nonprofit capacity for evaluation — and other types of operating activities — by providing general support. However, Minnesota grantmakers continue to provide most dollars in the form ofprogram support. 

Minnesota grantmakers allocated grant dollars like this in 2010:

  • 62%: program support
  • 20%: general support
  • 9%:   capital support

While U.S. averages looked like this:

  • 53%: program support
  • 22%: general support
  • 14%: capital support

With general support, grantmakers help nonprofits develop evaluation capacities and thereby support stronger outcomes for Minnesota communities.



Nikki Powell

Nikki Powell is PEAK Grantmaking's effective practices director. You can find her on Twitter @nikkiwpowell.

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