Center for Effective Philanthropy
For General Operating Support
Type of SupportGeneral Support/Organization
The Center for Effective Philanthropy is an anchor grantee in the Philanthropy Program portfolio and one of the premier philanthropy infrastructure organizations in the nation. The Center’s fundamental tenets are highly aligned to the goals of the Effective Philanthropy Group, namely that developing clear goals and strategies, measuring results and providing useful data lead to improved foundation performance and greater impact. The Center has worked with over 200 foundations, including most of the large U.S. grantmakers, and increasingly with funders in other countries. The Hewlett Foundation uses the Center’s flagship assessment tools, the Grantee Perception Report and the Staff Perception Report, and has used the results of both to improve our work across grantmaking program areas. In addition to offering foundation staff and trustees systematic feedback to improve their performance through these assessment tools, the Center also uses assessment data to understand the characteristics of effective philanthropy and shares these lessons in valuable knowledge products for the sector.
About the Grantee
675 Massachusetts Ave, 11th Floor, Cambridge, MA, 02139-3363, United States
Grants to this Grantee
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.
for bridge funding to support national student surveys conducted by YouthTruth
The Center requests bridge funding to support YouthTruth—a national project to gather U.S. high school students’ feedback about their educational experience—as it transitions to an earned revenue strategy. By the end of the grant period, YouthTruth will have engaged more than 160,000 students from 320 schools through its core survey.