Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives

Strong organizations, leaders, and networks are crucial to foundations’ and nonprofits’ ability to achieve shared goals. What support are foundations seeking to provide to help grantees strengthen their organizations? Is that support in line with what grantees really need? How can funders be most helpful in this area?

Based on survey responses from 170 nonprofit CEOs on CEP’s Grantee Voice panel and 187 foundation leaders who primarily oversee programmatic work at their organizations, Strengthening Grantees: Foundation and Nonprofit Perspectives provides a comprehensive examination of foundations’ efforts to strengthen grantee organizations and leaders.

The data reveals that foundations are not as in touch with nonprofits’ needs as they think they are, and that both foundations and nonprofits alike have a role to play in closing the gap between the support nonprofits need and the support foundations provide.

The findings in this report can help foundations and nonprofits better understand how they can work together to build organizations that are well positioned to make a difference.

The survey used to gather information from nonprofit CEOs for this report is available here.

The survey used to gather information from foundation leaders for this report is available here.

October 2018

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