CEP’s insights into what nonprofit grantees value are based on rigorous data we have collected from tens of thousands of grantees of nearly 250 foundations. These foundations span a range of types, programmatic and geographic focuses, asset sizes, and several other demographic attributes.
We have published several reports based on our grantee perception data:
Our data collection is ongoing as we continue to expand our database. This data informs our research and enables us to provide individual funders with Grantee Perception Reports®(GPR).
Some Questions Our Research Can Help You Answer
Do you strive to strengthen the nonprofits you fund?
The Winter Park Health Foundation provides valuable assistance to the organizations it funds. Read the case study.
Is your foundation making changes in its grantmaking? What will you tell your grantees and how will you tell them?
Program officers at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation personally reached out to each grantee whose funding was to be discontinued. This proactive approach to explaining the cutbacks helped these grantees understand the reasoning behind them. Learn more in an excerpt from Foundation Communications.
What do your grantees really think of their program officers?
When given a chance to comment on their funders anonymously, grantees often write about their program officers. While they are often quite positive, there are some common complaints. CEP explored "When Grantees Take the Gloves Off" in "Luck of the Draw," an article for Stanford Social Innovation Review.