Why We Might Be Undervaluing Strong Funder-Grantee Relationships

This blog post from CEP’s Vice President, Assessment and Advisory Services, Kevin Bolduc originally appeared on the CEP blog in November 2017. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind series. At CEP we are always thinking about the ways that strong funder-grantee relationships affect the success of foundations’ efforts. This topic has been...
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A Foundation Website for Sore Eyes

A version of this blog post from CEP Associate Manager, Research, Matthew Leiwant originally appeared on the CEP blog in March 2016. It is re-posted here as part of our Rewind series. Sifting through every nook and cranny of 73 foundation websites is not fun. On its face, that statement does not seem revelatory, but…

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Returning to Relationships

This blog post from Naomi Orensten originally appeared on the CEP blog in June 2015. It is re-posted here as part of our Rewind series. The funder-grantee relationship is one of the major thematic areas covered by CEP’s grantee survey, which asks about interactions — staff responsiveness, the foundation’s approachability, and grantee perceptions of being...
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Resources for Improving Application and Reporting Processes

This post originally appeared on the blog in January 2015, and is re-posted here as part of our Rewind series. This post was part of a Q&A series on the blog, in which readers can submit questions about foundation effectiveness to be answered by CEP staff. We’d love to hear from you with questions related to relationship-building with…

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What Helps Foundations to Deeply Understand their Beneficiaries?

This post from former CEP Associate Manager, Research, Ramya Gopal originally appeared on the blog in February 2015 and draws from the CEP research report, Hearing from Those We Seek to Help. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind blog series. Nonprofit leaders have a sober assessment of foundations’ understanding of those they seek to help. CEP…

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What Donors Value from their Community Foundation: Communication

This post from former CEP Senior Research Analyst Mark Chaffin originally appeared on the blog in May 2014. It is reposted here as part of our Rewind blog series. In our research report What Donors Value: How Community Foundations Can Increase Donor Satisfaction, Referrals, and Future Giving, we explored why donor satisfaction matters at community foundations and what donor…

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Transparency For Those That Need It Most

This post from Andrea Brock, former manager on CEP’s research team, originally appeared on the CEP blog in 2013 and delves into findings from CEP’s report, Foundation Transparency: What Nonprofits Want. Next Tuesday, February 23rd, CEP will be releasing a new research report on foundation transparency that builds on these findings from 2013. This blog is reposted here as…

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Where Does Good Strategy Start? Listen Up.

This post, part of our Blog Rewind series, originally appeared in December 2010. When I was fresh-faced and just starting to work in philanthropy at a women-focused community foundation, I made lists. I would write down the problem or issue I wanted to tackle, then make a list of reasonable solutions. For example: Domestic Violence:…

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Philanthropy and the “Discerning Heart”

This post, which is part of our new Blog Rewind series, originally appeared on the CEP blog in March 2014. As part of the opening plenary at this year’s CEP Conference, I had the privilege to speak to a few hundred foundation leaders about the ways in which foundation staff — particularly program officers — can…

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