Marguerite Casey Foundation regularly solicits feedback from our grantees about our relationship with them and the impact of our support on their work.
2017 Grantee Perception Report
In keeping with our brand promise to “Ask, Listen, Act,” we recently commissioned the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to conduct a Grantee Perception Report survey of our grantees to assess our impact and interactions, and compare the results with other foundations. This report helps us be a more effective ally to grantees, as we work together to support a family-led movement for social and economic justice. Our grantees tell us we’re having a positive impact on their organizations and helping them sustain their work, which we largely attribute to our grantmaking model of multiyear, unrestricted support. We’re also having a significant impact on the field and public policy. In these areas Marguerite Casey Foundation is among the most highly regarded by its grantees of any foundation whose grantees CEP has surveyed. Based on feedback, we identified two key areas to improve: consistency of communications and assistance beyond grant dollars. We invite you to read the full report.
2014 Grantee Feedback Report
Marguerite Casey Foundation is committed to its brand promise of Ask, Listen, Act in asking for feedback from its grantees, listening to the results and acting upon them. We seek to build strong relationships with grantees, and provide multi-year, general operating support as well as non-monetary resources including convenings, in order to build the capacity of grantees to engage families in organizing, advocacy and activism to create a more socially and economically just society for all.
In late 2013, Marguerite Casey Foundation contracted with Harder+Company Community Research to conduct a confidential survey of its grantees. The survey, conducted in February-March 2014, asked about the impact of Foundation support on grantee effectiveness, capacity and sustainability; grantee perceptions of the Foundation and how it demonstrates its values; and awareness of and engagement with Foundation resources. The survey was sent out to all active grantees, 81 percent completed the survey.
The results of the survey are encouraging, and provide evidence that multiyear, general operating support, coupled with a strong supportive relationship with the Foundation, increases the effectiveness of grantee organizations. The feedback also included some candid suggestions for how to improve our practices, while providing benchmarks for future assessments of how we engage grantees and what resources are of most use to their important work. We invite you to read the report.