YouthTruth is a student feedback survey program based out of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. It was borne out of a conversation between the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation back in 2008. The foundation was seeking to hear from different voices — and one that was missing was the voice of the people whose lives they were trying to affect: the students themselves! Since then, YouthTruth has exceeded its founding expectations in its service to schools and districts, surveying over half a million students across more than 200 districts in 36 states. With this grant, YouthTruth will explore a Bay Area initiative to bring together schools and funders to learn from students.
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for general operating support
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a leading philanthropic infrastructure organization focused on developing data and insight for funders so they can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness and thus their intended impact. CEP’s work includes original research, knowledge sharing, and advisory services. Knowledge sharing includes research publications, webinars, articles, presentations to funders, and a biennial conference. Over 300 funders have used CEP’s assessment tools to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be more effective. This grant is for general operating support as part of the Knowledge for Better Philanthropy strategy.
for support of YouthTruth
YouthTruth is a national survey project operated by the Center for Effective Philanthropy. YouthTruth harnesses student and stakeholder feedback to help school leaders and education funders make better decisions that lead to better outcomes for students. Today, YouthTruth has surveyed over 1.8 million students across 39 states. With this grant, YouthTruth will expand its reach to schools and districts across the country as it amplifies the voices of students, staff, and families and increase public understanding of the experiences of students and stakeholders in schools. (Substrategy: Student and Community Voice)
for a pilot of the strategy landscape tool for education funders
The Center for Effective Philanthropy is one of the most important grantees in the Philanthropy Program portfolio. From firsthand experience, we know the power of their flagship assessment tools, the Grantee Perception Report and the Staff Perception Report, that have helped the Hewlett Foundation improve its own practice. The Center has worked with more than 200 foundations, including most of the largest grantmakers in the U.S. In addition to offering foundation staff and trustees systematic feedback to improve their performance, the Center has used the data, including surveys of more than 30,000 grantees, to help foundations understand the characteristics of effective philanthropy. In the last three years, they have also created tools to help assess and improve foundations’ strategic orientation and grants management practices.