Data collection is based on what we ask, what is of interest to us, and what we deem to be important and worthy of knowing. This is all determined by who we are, where we sit, what we value, and how we see the world. "Our biases remove our ability to be neutral, and we can't claim that what we collect is representative of the full truth (or even the most important truth)."
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.
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?
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.
Missed Opportunities to Build Trust and Strengthen Relationships with Grant Partners
While there is a nearly universal belief that grant reports are necessary, there is far less agreement about frequency and format, required elements, and uses (never mind, usefulness!).
When it comes down to actual practice, does our design and use of reporting match our intentions?
Getting to Impact – Essentials for Defining, Tracking, Achieving, Increasing and Communicating Your Impact
So what is holding so many organizations back from getting to impact?