The Foundation is an organization committed to learning from both our successes and our failures. One important aspect of evaluation is the ability to see what works and what doesn’t. From there, we try to determine why something did or did not work. By answering these questions, we are able to continually improve our planning, preparation and grant making.
Each day allows us to learn new lessons to become more impactful as a strategic grant making organization. As a result of 25 years of grant making, the Foundation has learned some key lessons that will guide us both now and in the future:
- Be very clear about what the Foundation wants to accomplish with each grant.
- Engage in grant-making approaches that help ensure (and/or nurture) locally driven sustainable change that addresses locally defined needs.
- Recognize that sustainable change takes time.
- Carefully match grant strategies with anticipated grant outcomes.
- Fully understand the context for the work, the capacity of current and/or potential partners and the level of readiness for change.