Funders' impact is inextricably tied to the performance of their grantees.

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For Funders

Funders’ impact is inextricably tied to the performance of their grantees.

The Funding Performance campaign promotes and encourages funders willing to support their grantees’ learning and improvement—and open to learning and improving themselves. We seek to influence funders of all types—from CEOs of multibillion-dollar private foundations to program officers at community foundations to donor families addressing a cause of personal significance—to do even more to help their grantees improve their performance.

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In an era when our communities are being rocked by a health pandemic, economic upheaval, racial injustice, and political turmoil, the world has never needed more from civil society leaders—and never have these leaders needed more from their funders. Now is the most important moment in our collective lifetimes for funders to dispense with conventional practices that have been shown to undermine grantees and adopt those that have been shown to produce greater impact for grantees, funders, and constituents alike.

Funding Performance: How Great Donors Invest in Grantee Success features insightful essays by eight highly respected thinkers and doers. They each have vantage points that allow them a close-up look at the best and worst practices in our sector. In Funding Performance, they share both. You’ll find no pie-in-the-sky theory. Instead, you’ll find practical advice about the specific practices that produce outsized progress on urgent issues of our time.


Funding Performance Profiles

The Funding Performance campaign promotes and encourages funders willing to support their grantees’ learning and improvement—and open to learning and improving themselves.

We seek to influence funders of all types—from CEOs of multibillion-dollar private foundations to program officers at community foundations to donor families addressing a cause of personal significance—to do even more to help their grantees improve their performance.

These ten Funding Performance profiles shine a spotlight on funders working to invest in their grantees’ performance.

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Kickstarter: How Donors Can Do More Good

Funders are like fingerprints: No two are exactly the same. Yet all funders have one thing in common: They want their grants to make a difference. There’s another common denominator. All funders—small and large, individual and institutional, local and global—come to realize that making a difference is harder than they thought.

The Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community is a private community of experts and leaders who believe that mission and performance are inextricably linked. Our resources are collaboratively developed and offered to the field to support organizations on their journeys to high performance.

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