A roundup of timely insight from the grantmaking community and beyond.
“While [evaluation] is a valuable feedback loop, it does not, however, answer a simple question: How are we doing overall? On the surface, this question seems like it should be an easy one to answer. We examine how many grants we made and how many dollars we spent. We assess how well the work we’ve funded aligns with our strategic goals. While all of this is important and addresses what we have done, it doesn’t get to the question posed above: How are we doing? And more importantly, how do the organizations we work most closely with — our grantees — think we are doing?” [more]
—Barbara Leonard, president and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation, in CEP blog
Tending to your altar in 2020: “As we enter a new decade, we wanted to share an invitation for introspection and reflection. What will you bring forward and what will you let go of?” [more]
—Lupe Poblano, on Compass Point blog
“Mentoring pays dividends in many ways. But how do you do well and make it matter most for you and others? The answers may surprise you.” [more]