CEP’s research brings data and insight to bear on pressing challenges related to foundation effectiveness. CEP’s Research Team focuses on executing research that meets the highest standards of rigor and utility. Our publications are trusted resources that guide practice among foundation leaders and staff.
Research is supported through grant funding from general operating support funders as well as foundations providing project support.
Research initiatives currently underway include: an analysis of what drives community foundation donor satisfaction; a examination of the relationship between foundation staff perceptions and grantee perceptions; a look at how nonprofits obtain beneficiary feedback – and whether and how they share it with their funders.
As of 2015, CEP is a Charter Member and the first research organization focused on the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors to join the Transparency Initiative, a program developed by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the leading organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S.