Center for Effective Philanthropy Updates Definition of Philanthropic Effectiveness
The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) has recently updated its definition of philanthropic effectiveness with input from its staff, board, and community, to share with the sector. CEP believes that effectiveness requires the following four mutually reinforcing elements:
- Goals — what you seek to achieve
- Strategies — the ways in which you work to achieve your goals
- Implementation — what you do (e.g., “the work”)
- Assessment and Learning — how you know you’re doing the work effectively
CEP believes these elements of philanthropic effectiveness are essential. Yet of course it’s hope, a sense of caring, and a genuine commitment to meaningful change that motivate this work. Values motivate funder goals and approaches, and it’s crucial that funders ensure their core values are reflected across all of their work.
Source: The Center for Effective Philanthropy