Performance Practice for Funders

What Funders Can Do

Develop better funder-grantee relationships and support improved results

Bolster Your Grant-Making Strategy with Resources for Continuous Improvement

The Performance Imperative and the Performance Practice can support funders’ strategy for developing trusted funder-grantee relationships, fostering ongoing dialogue, and ensuring better results. Funders can use these resources to learn how they can best help grantees develop and sustain the strength and capability to deliver results for the people or causes they serve.

The Performance Imperative framework and the Performance Practice’s modular design and comprehensive proof points support ongoing, mutual learning and help you:

  • Build genuine and trusting relationships with your grantees
  • Have open and honest dialogue about organizational strengths and opportunities
  • Support grantees’ efforts to engage in continuous quality improvement and improve results
  • Gain a better understanding of strengths and needs of your overall grantee portfolio

Address Key Organizational Capacities Underpinning High Performance

Broaden your focus from programs to continuous quality improvement at the organizational level by introducing the Performance Imperative and/or the Performance Practice to your grantees. Look at the organizational disciplines that underpin programs’ ability to produce results with consistency over time.

Support your grantees’ efforts to engage in continuous quality improvement.

Facilitate Grantee-Driven Organizational Improvement

By offering grantees choice and flexibility in how to drive the continuous quality improvement process, you recognize that one size doesn’t fit all and that internally motivated efforts are almost always more effective than those driven by external compliance requirements. You and your grantees can use selected modules—or parts of modules—in the ways that best meet the most pressing areas of need.

Support organizational improvement rather than organizational compliance.

Use a Discussion Guide Developed by 50+ Experts

Rely on an objective framework and discussion guide developed with the collective expertise of 50+ nonprofit practitioners, researchers, funders, and consultants. The Performance Imperative and the Performance Practice are the results of collaborative and rigorous processes.

Use a guide that has been vetted by funders like you and organizations like your grantees.

Offer an Accessible and Transparent Approach to Organizational Improvement

Engage your grantees in a process of reflection, learning, and development that is jargon-free, easy to understand, and transparent.

Ways for Funders to Use the Resources

The Leap Ambassadors built the Performance Imperative and the Performance Practice to help nonprofits reflect, move out of their comfort zones, learn, innovate, and improve. It’s not just another framework and another assessment template. Funders can use them creatively to foster open exchanges with grantees and support their pursuit of high performance. Here are some specific approaches to spark ideas:

Learn more about the Performance Imperative and the Performance Practice.

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