Building the Case for Funders

Building the Case for Funders

Shining a Spotlight on Funders Investing in Grantees’ Performance

Funders’ impact is inextricably tied to the performance of their grantees.

The Building the Case for Funders campaign promotes and encourages funders willing to support their grantees’ learning and improvement—and open to learning and improving themselves. We seek to influence funders of all types—from CEOs of multibillion-dollar private foundations to program officers at community foundations to donor families addressing a cause of personal significance—to do even more to help their grantees improve their performance.

The Performance Imperative Kickstarter, “Funding Performance: How Donors Can Do More Good,” sets the groundwork for a steady series of stories, examples, and other relevant material that present positive actions by funders that support and adopt high-performance approaches.

Individual Campaign Features

Funders are like fingerprints: No two are exactly the same. Yet all funders have one thing in common: They want their grants to make a difference. There’s another common denominator. All funders—small and large, individual and institutional, local and global—come to realize that making a difference is harder than they thought.

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Profile: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

A Better-Angels Funder Practices What It Preaches

Einhorn believes that helping people strengthen their empathy muscles, from the earliest stages of life through adulthood, is critically important for building a healthy, cohesive society capable of solving big challenges.

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In the four years since Impetus-PEF began focusing on high performance, the organization’s leadership, management, and staff have built an enduring commitment to improving their own performance as well as that of their grantees. It’s relatively easy to challenge your grantees to improve their performance. It’s much harder to be introspective about your own.

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