Excellence in Philanthropy: If You Can Describe It, You Can Measure It

GWP Members Only Program
Monday, April 11, 2016
10:00am to 12:00pm EDT
Centre City Tower, Seventh Room
650 Smithfield Street
5th Floor
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At GWP’s 2015 annual meeting, David Grant, author of The Social Profit Handbook, joined us to discuss his model of assessing impact in ways that emphasize improving future work, instead of merely judging past performance.  David is returning to Pittsburgh to join us for a roundtable discussion of GWP’s "Defining Excellence in Philanthropy" survey, using his framework of formative evaluation.

Last fall, GWP asked its members and local nonprofits to help us understand what ‘excellence in philanthropy’ means to them, what characterizes this particular funding community’s culture, and the ways in which nonprofits and funders agree (or don’t agree) on funding strategies and community priorities.  More than 200 members of the local nonprofit and funding communities participated in the survey, and GWP has now analyzed the results. 

Join GWP in a funders-only discussion to hear more about David’s approach to assessment, along with practical tools you can apply inside your funding organization.  Following a brief introduction to David’s approach, we will share the results of the “Defining Excellence in Philanthropy” survey with members.  Then, David will facilitate a roundtable discussion digging into the survey results.  Together we will explore what our funding community considers to be “excellence,” the reactions of nonprofit partners, and what implications the findings have for our funding community moving forward.

*Please note this program was rescheduled from its original date in December of 2015.

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