From our experience, a relational, conversational approach to reporting frees you up to more truly listen and to be more of a partner in the work in all kinds of ways (e.g. advocating, connecting, convening).
How does Qatar Foundation International think about reporting - what is its raison d'etre?
Over the last two years, The Elmezzi Foundation has focused on gaining clarity, and learning from grantees, about how their combined efforts can help achieve the foundation’s intended outcomes.
Deaconess Foundation takes a "blank slate" approach when revisting reporting. While the organization has climbed a pretty steep learning curve when it comes to employment grantmaking, both the staff and board share an eagerness to get better.
New York Foundation’s approach to reporting is intentionally streamlined and is known for funding organizations in their earliest stages and groups operating with limited resources.
To be most effective, grantmakers need to think about those practices that matter most to nonprofits and how their behavior impacts the nonprofits they serve. GEO has been working hard to listen and learn from nonprofits around the country to better understand what grantmakers can do to help them achieve better results.
What if we told you that one of philanthropy’s most ubiquitous practices is nearly always a burden to nonprofits and a disappointment to funders?
Wrap-up for the Spring 2018 Issue of PEAK Insight Journal: Revisit Reporting. For further reading, check out these resources.
While a necessary component of a funder-grantee relationship, reporting typically engenders about as much excitement as a cupful of cod liver oil. Just hold your nose for a few seconds (or in this case, a few months or more), swallow, and it will be over.
When it comes down to actual practice, does our design and use of reporting match our intentions?