Center for Effective Philanthropy

For Support Of The 2015 CEP National Conference

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is an anchor grantee in the Philanthropy Program’s Knowledge for Better Philanthropy strategy. CEP’s fundamental tenets are highly aligned to the goals of the Effective Philanthropy Group overall, namely that measuring results and providing useful data lead to improved foundation performance (and thus better impact). CEP has worked with over 200 foundations, including most large U.S. funders. We know from our evaluation of the Knowledge strategy that conferences play an important role in knowledge dissemination. In 2015, CEP’s bi-annual conference of foundation leaders will be held in San Francisco, providing a unique opportunity for us to provided targeted conference support.
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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.

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