The Community Foundation of Western Nevada announces the 2016 Partnership grants! The focus for the grants is evaluation of existing programming.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Partnership Grants. $82, 000 was granted to 6 nonprofit organizations in our region.
Since the Partnership Grant Program inception in 2007, a total of $1,230,124 has been granted.
Why evaluate and measure impact? Identifying programs that work and the factors contributing to their impact helps maximize impact—whether providing nutritious meals to more people, teaching more kids to read, or reducing the impact on the environment. Evaluation defines the “success” of a program or organization; it gives the program provider proof that what they are doing is making a difference.
2016 Partnership grants will support nonprofits that are committed to evaluating their programs and measuring the impact of their work so that they can turn 1 success story into 1,000 similar success stories.
Qualitative and quantitative data help you tell a bigger, more comprehensive story of your work; this data can also help foster opportunities for collaboration and expand conversations about what’s working—and what’s not.
The Community Foundation has committed to big projects that require evaluative thinking and, with our Partnership grants in 2016 and beyond, we want to encourage a culture of evaluation by organizations that are currently employing evaluative measures. Evaluation is critical to bringing about and sustaining system change.
We do not expect applications to demonstrate complete mastery of evaluation concepts and activities. We are looking for organizations that want to make a commitment to learning about and incorporating a culture of evaluation during the period of the Partnership grants.
Past Chair and fund holder Jennifer Satre says, “I’m pleased the Community Foundation has chosen to focus Partnership grants on supporting nonprofits that are taking the plunge into evaluating their programs’ effectiveness. As a donor, knowing the organizations I support have made the commitment to learning from their own work—and making programmatic adjustments based on what they learn—increases my confidence that my support is being put to good use to address community needs.”
If you have questions or would like to join the Partnership and contribute funds for the grants, please call Chief Philanthropy Officer Tracy Turner at 775-333-5499.