Fremont Area Community Foundation recently shared the results of their grantee perception survey conducted earlier this year.
The survey was conducted and analyzed by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), an organization used by hundreds of foundations for their assessments, research, and programming.
Grant recipient organizations shared their anonymous feedback on various aspects of their interactions with the Community Foundation. In their report on the survey findings, CEP also provided comparative context, allowing the Community Foundation to benchmark its performance against other similar grantmakers and funders.
The report showed that the Community Foundation is distinguished by continued strong impact on the community, with grantees ranking FACF in the top 89th percentile of all community foundations for impact. Grantees in the poverty to prosperity focus area in particular rated the Community Foundation highly for impact on their field of work.
Since the last grantee perception survey in 2012, there has also been considerable growth among grantees who think that the Community Foundation’s selection process was helpful in strengthening their organizations or programs.
The report also highlighted opportunities for improvement. While ratings for the Community Foundation’s understanding of grantees’ organizational goals and strategies is higher than in 2012, they remain lower than desired. The Community Foundation was also ranked lower than other foundations for its overall understanding of grantees’ fields.
“We are grateful to the organizations who took the time to provide their honest and candid feedback,” said Todd Jacobs, FACF vice president and chief philanthropy officer.
“We were encouraged by growth in several areas and are committed to continued improvement. We look forward to exploring grantee suggestions to further enhance our relationships, grow our awareness of each other’s work, and build a shared understanding of our respective assets.”