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The First Step Toward a Measure of Outcome On December 8, 2008 I posted a blog on Ken's Commentary titled, “A Measure of Outcome”. In that blog entry I discussed the critical importance of knowing the outcomes of the work of charities and made the following promise, “we are setting a goal over time of offering an expanded rating system to more comprehensively evaluate nonprofits and separate great organizations from the rest”. Over the intervening years we have been working hard to do just that. The launch of CN 2.0 in 2011 was a step in that direction.
The authors of the influential book Forces for Good examine how their framework for creating high-impact nonprofits applies to local and smaller organizations. (Illustration by Chi Birmingham) O f the more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States, the vast majority are local groups striving to achieve maximum results while operating on budgets well under $1 million.
Seven obstacles to making good decisions about impact evaluations and how to avoid them. I mpact evaluations—typically, third-party studies that seek to prove a program model’s effectiveness—seem to be all the rage in social sector circles these days.
Practical Advice Series: Five basic “levers,” or strategies, to help businesses or nonprofits achieve social change.
GuideStar and Hope Consulting have released the results of new study, Money for Good II (MFGII) .
March 10, 2011; Source: The Washington Post | In the Washington Post last week, Dr. Paul Light sounded an alarm about the laissez faire attitude of the sector as a whole to the failure of a few in its midst. Light does not argue with the fact that winnowing may occur as a result of the sector's continuing financial straights – what he is very concerned about is the real possibility that the wrong organizations will go under.
April 25, 2011; Source: Devex | The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is one of the international aid organizations recently recognized as the 40 most innovative groups in the development aid field by Devex, a widely used development aid news and job board service. Devex surveyed 2,149 of its members to come up with a list of top innovators in four categories of organizations: donor, implementing NGO, consultancy and advocacy group. Devex acknowledges a self-selection bias in the sample, due to the limitation of responses to Devex members motivated to respond, and a tendency to pick large, well-known organizations like the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, because it would be unlikely that equally innovative small organizations would be as widely known to development professionals and aid workers around the world.
January 17, 2011; Source: The Dallas Morning News | A recent review by The Dallas Morning News of charities sponsored by local athletes and sports teams found that more than half missed “efficiency goals suggested for the nation's best large charities,” according to the paper.
At Charity Navigator, we recognize that charity evaluation may not be the most scintillating of topics for most observers.
From Guest Blogger Nick Cooney. Nick is the author of "Change Of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us About Spreading Social Change" (www.ChangeOfHeartBook.com) , and the founder and director of The Humane League, an animal advocacy organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Is your non-profit succeeding in its mission?
November 30, 2010; Source: South Florida Business Journal | NPQ has written a number of newswires on the recession related problems some nonprofits are having with the rating system used by Charity Navigator. Now 97 of the 5,500 nonprofits Charity Navigator rates have had their ratings raised by the watchdog after it looked more carefully at the “negative impact that the recession has had on certain types of nonprofits.”
On 7-13-10 I presented before an audience at the Finance Grants and Contracts Annual Meeting of InsideNGO. My presentation was titled - Charity Navigator: Financial Measures and Beyond.
These days, it is not a stretch to see New York City educator and social reformer Geoffrey Canada as the modern equivalent of Clara Barton, and his Harlem Children’s Zone as groundbreaking as the early Red Cross. A series of American Express television ads and two school documentaries, “The Lottery” and “Waiting for Superman,” offer Canada as the answer to poverty and ignorance in urban America, which he may prove to be. President Obama has requested $210 million to create similar social safety net zones in cities across the country.