For foundation leaders to most effectively support grantees, more needs to be understood about the extent to which nonprofits are assessing performance, how they are approaching this work, and what they are looking for from their funders to support it.
To better understand the state of practice of performance assessment at nonprofits, CEP turned to its national panel of nonprofit leaders with questions about their assessment strategies and how they are supported. For nonprofits, measuring and improving performance is a challenging endeavor. Yet, the data from these surveys reveal that nonprofits are assessing performance — but lack the resources they need to do all they seek to do.
The report shows that most nonprofits receiving funding from large foundations collect and use information about their performance, yet many want to gather additional — or better — data.