Greetings from GrantLessons!
Did you know that GrantStation identifies both foundations and corporate contribution programs? I also have learned that there is a lot of inconsistency in the names of the programs. Sometimes the word, “foundation” is used to describe a corporate charitable donation program. The online application process can be very similar since both must make sure that the organization is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. One attractive factor about corporate giving programs is that they generally do not have many reporting requirements tied to their donations. The corporate giving programs generally are giving out smaller donations than foundations. One wants to look carefully at the guidelines and application to determine whether it is a foundation or a corporate charitable donation program.
Johanna Morariu, Kat Athanasiades, and Ann Emery from Innovation Network have published a great report called “State of Evaluation 2012: Evaluation Practice and Capacity in the Nonprofit Sector” http://www.innonet.org/client_docs/innonet-state-of-evaluation-2012.pdf . This report is well done in that is uses many well done graphs to explain its findings. I found one statistic interesting for our work in grant writing. Of a sample of 745 funders, 70% indicate that they (funders) evaluated the work that it funded. I am definitely going to look closer at this report over the next few weeks (p. 14).
Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie