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Social Accountability in Ethiopia: The Power of Feedback Loops

Last month, I had the opportunity to learn from Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA) and its partner Harmee Education for Development Association (HEfDA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia about their work to leverage the power of feedback and accountability through a process called Social Accountability. In Social Accountability, users of public services are…

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Closing the Loop: Sharing our Learning

Ever wonder if final grant reports just collect dust in a corner of the Foundation’s office or get thrown into the furnace (or the digital equivalent)? These reports contain a wealth of information that organizations spend significant time writing, and our team works diligently to read every final grant report- albeit sometimes a little later…

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A Push and a Pathway: Race and Leadership in California

For many years, the nonprofit sector’s strategy for diversifying the leadership of our organizations has been guided – or more accurately mis-guided – by assumptions about people of color. When our team at the Building Movement Project started digging into why for a decade or more, people of color are less than 20% of nonprofit…

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Learning about Learning Questions

In this post, the Evaluation & Learning team at the Packard Foundation wanted to share some basics about learning questions: What are they? How should they be crafted? How can you make sure they are useful? At the Foundation, grant makers write learning questions about their grantmaking strategies. These questions are a critical opportunity for…

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Assessing Nonprofit Capacity: Tools That Can Help

One of the Packard Foundation’s longtime funder collaborators is The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (Hewlett). Hewlett’s Effective Philanthropy Group seeks to strengthen the capacity of the foundation’s staff, its grantees, and philanthropy in general to achieve their goals and benefit the common good. It recently released an analysis of various tools used for assessing…

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