Ask Yourself: Do We Really Need This Data?

This blog post from CEP’s Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, Kevin Bolduc originally appeared on the CEP blog in October 2015. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind series. Struck by duck (W61.62) Sucked into jet engine, subsequent encounter (V97.33XD) Pedestrian on foot injured in collision with roller-skater (V00.01) Bitten by pig, initial...
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Learning History to Make History

This blog post from CEP President Phil Buchanan originally appeared on the CEP blog in July 2015. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind series. A young donor behind a large, new foundation said something that really struck me — and in a good way. It happened last May in a session at CEP’s…

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Finding Out Whether Your Assistance to Grantees Makes a Difference

This post originally appeared on the blog in March 2012 and delves into findings from CEP’s report, More Than Money: Making a Difference with Assistance Beyond the Grant. It is re-posted here as part of our Rewind blog series. Believing that their foundations’ effectiveness depends on the effectiveness of those they fund, many foundation leaders…

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8 Tips for Effective Introductory Conversations with Grantees

One of the recent trends in philanthropy we’ve been most excited about is the growing conversation about the importance of looking to history to inform decisions of the present and future. HistPhil has emerged as an engaging space providing thoughtful commentary and necessary — yet all too often overlooked — historical context to current debates...
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Take the Ethical Storytelling Pledge

A version of this blog post originally appeared on the CEP blog in July 2019. It is re-posted here as part of our Rewind series. Thanks to the digital age, we live in a new era of storytelling. Whether through blogs, emails, social media, or video, using stories to highlight an organization’s impact is an engaging...
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The Curse of Line-Item Budgets: Tracking Pennies Instead of Outcomes

This post on the importance of flexible funding and the restrictiveness of line-item grant budgets originally appeared on the blog in June 2018. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind blog series. For more content related to this topic, stay tuned later this month when CEP will be releasing new research on foundations’...
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Taking the Guesswork out of Judging Research

This post originally appeared on the blog in March 2015, and is reposted here as part of our Rewind series. CEP is currently in the process of renewing its membership with AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative. “There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. What’s behind the...
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7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Foundation Boards

This 2012 post on foundation governance was, for a long time, the most widely read post on the CEP blog. We are re-posting it here today as part of our “Rewind” series for those who didn’t see it back then — or for those who want a refresher on what habits boards should avoid. In my...
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Managing Across Differences in Divisive Times

This blog post from CEP’s Vice President, Programming and External Relations, Grace Nicolette, originally appeared on the CEP blog in September 2017. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind series. Over the last decade, I’ve been on a journey in more deeply understanding how differences in cultures and values manifest in our personal...
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