Funding Performance

Funding Performance

Shining a Spotlight on Funders Investing in Grantees’ Performance

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

The Funding Performance 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.

Funding Performance Profiles

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: Duncan Campbell

Meaning, Purpose, and Joy

Businessman and philanthropist Duncan Campbell founded Friends of the Children some 25 years ago to make a meaningful, measurable difference in the lives of the most at-risk children growing up in difficult circumstances—much like his own.

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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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Wouldn’t it be nice if funders had a simple formula to help grantees become high-performance organizations? The Blagrave Trust is helping their grantees make the leap to high performance by combining intellectual rigor (brainpower) with humility and openness with its grantees (heart) and a deep commitment to listening to the young people it aims to serve (ears).

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Profile: Mulago Foundation

Blunt Talk, Sharp Thinking

The story of the Mulago Foundation’s transition from arm’s-length checkwriter to a changemaker whose grantees praise how it supports their ability to perform at a high level is relevant for any foundation leader who is eager for impact.

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In the 37 years since Benny Weingart passed away, his foundation has experienced profound transformation – from generous corporate giver to one of the most forward-looking changemakers in America.

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