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DONORS: 5 Things Nonprofits Want You to Know


Giving Done Right:
Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count

“A thoughtful, engaging read with important insights and valuable analysis to help donors and philanthropists be more effective with their giving. A must read for those who really want to make a difference when supporting non-profits.”

Bryan Stevenson
Founder, Equal Justice Initiative

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Foundations and major donors can take on solving pressing challenges that other actors in society cannot or will not. They can further capitalize on this unique opportunity by taking steps to maximize their effectiveness.

For more than 15 years, CEP has led the movement to improve philanthropy through a powerful combination of dispassionate analysis and a passionate commitment to improving lives. Today, more than 300 foundations and philanthropic entities have used CEP’s assessments to gather honest feedback from their stakeholders in an effort to learn how to be even more effective. Foundation leaders, trustees, and staff, as well as major donors and philanthropic advisors, have come to rely on our research for insights into philanthropic effectiveness on a wide range of topics, from assessing performance to developing strategy to building strong relationships. Our highly regarded programming — including our biennial conference — gives these leaders an exclusive and unprecedented opportunity to connect with their peers. CEP is funded through a mix of earned revenue, foundation grants, and gifts from individuals and families. We have offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California.


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