Family Foundation Forum
Over the past ten years, evaluation and accountability have become an increasingly important aspect of grantmaking for family foundations. Looking at results is central to effective grantmaking, but can be expensive, cumbersome and technical.
This interactive workshop will explore how family philanthropists can make the
evaluation process work for their foundations. Topics to be discussed include:
- What is the difference between evaluation and grant monitoring?
- What information should be collected from grantees and how can it be best utilized?
- What methods should be used to collect grantee information?
- How do grant amount and grantee size affect expectations?
Paul Harder and Sonia Taddy-Sandino of Harder+Company Community Research will introduce basic evaluation concepts, using case studies to demonstrate how evaluation can help foundations better understand the impact of their grantmaking.
This session will provide attendees with a set of practical ideas and tools that will improve assessment of grantee impact and ensure greater accountability. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their own challenges and successes with their peers in family philanthropy. The workshop will conclude with an exercise to help participants develop evaluation planning for their own foundations.
This event includes lunch and a private tour of UCLA’s Fowler Museum following the workshop.
President, Harder+Company Community Research
Paul Harder has more than thirty years experience in designing and conducting evaluations for public and private funders. Much of Harder’s work has focused on health and human services but has recently included the arts. The emphasis of his most current work has been in measuring nonprofit organizational change and policy development. Among his clients are the Ford Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the California Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation. Prior to founding Harder+Company in 1986, Harder was with the Urban Institute in Washington, DC.
Managing Vice President, Harder+Company Community Research
Sonia Taddy-Sandino currently oversees the Los Angeles office of Harder+Company Community Research. She currently directs both small and large-scale evaluation projects in the areas of organizational capacity building, workforce development, community health, early childhood development and policy and systems change. She has experience implementing participatory research projects in underserved communities and facilitating grantee “learning communities” and strategic planning. Recent clients include The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, the San Diego Workforce Funders Collaborative, First 5 Los Angeles, and numerous nonprofit and public sector agencies.
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m Private tour of museum
Location and Parking Information:
Fowler Museum at UCLA
(Please park in Lot 4. Parking is $10)
Who May Attend:
Current SCG members
and other grantmakers eligible for SCG membership. Click here for eligibility
$30 for SCG members
$60 for eligible nonmembers
(Fees include lunch, program materials and private tour of museum)
Register online. Space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, June 9,