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  • Street graffiti under a bridge that reads "Let's love our community"

    insight Aug 2022

    Community in Philanthropy: What it is, why we need it, and how we can build it

    By Dr. Albertina Lopez This piece was originally published on Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ blog, and has been republished with their permission. Recently, I was chatting with my colleagues Drs. Divya Bheda and Kathleen Doll about community—what it looks like in higher education and what it means when you value equity—on ExamSoft’s Pedagogo podcast. Our … Continued

    Community in Philanthropy: What it is, why we need it, and how we can build it
  • publication Jul 2022

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations

    Foundations are systems. They have their own cultures and related assumptions, norms, standards, and practices. We encourage foundations to take stock of their learning needs with a dispassionate (evaluative) look at themselves as systems and how people work within them.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman, Jane Reisman

    A Tool for Systems Change that Supports Learning in Foundations
  • staff Apr 2022

    Kate Morales

    Kate Morales
  • publication Mar 2022

    Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation

    What if we reimagined evaluation as an opportunity for funders to learn and evolve as stewards, rather than taking on the narrow–and virtually impossible–task of proving that limited grants make a measurable impact on longstanding, complex social issues?

    By Shaady Salehi, Chera Reid

    Toward a Trust-Based Framework for Learning and Evaluation
  • insight Feb 2022

    How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation

    NationSwell convened a panel of experts to talk about how organizations should think about equity when engaging with measurement, learning, and evaluation.

    By Dr. Daniela Pineda, Dr. Amber Banks, Brianna Provenzano, Albertina Lopez

    How To Center Equity in Measurement, Learning, & Evaluation
  • publication Jan 2022

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy

    Causal analysis is not just for controlled programmatic work, it is also for dynamic and emergent strategies that include network building, field building, advocacy, organizing, or movements.

    By Sarah Stachowiak, Julia Coffman, Jewlya Lynn

    Lost Causal: Debunking Myths About Causal Analysis in Philanthropy
  • staff Jan 2022

    Kayla Christopherson

    Kayla Christopherson
  • staff Jan 2022

    Jordan Sanders

    Jordan Sanders
  • staff Jan 2022

    Stephanie O. Darby

    Stephanie O. Darby
  • Building with windows

    publication Nov 2021

    We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.

    This four-page guidance defines assumptions, explains why it is critical to articulate them, and then offers a set of prompting questions to help elicit them. Examples are included.

    By Tanya Beer, Julia Coffman

    We need to articulate our assumptions so that we can test them. Here’s a guide to help.
  • staff Nov 2021

    Melly Kitenge

    Melly Kitenge
  • staff Nov 2021

    Efraín Gutiérrez

    Efraín Gutiérrez