This year, I was fortunate to travel to the USA with members of the Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation to undertake a study tour of philanthropic organisations. The opportunity to meet with 20 or so major US Foundations and experienced philanthropists was invaluable.
The Ian Potter Foundation Annual Grants Report 2016-17 is now published. Read about our grantees and learn about trends in the Foundation's grantmaking.
The Foundation was thrilled to recently receive the 2017 SIMNA Award for Outstanding Social Impact Measurement Funding Organisation. This recognition confirms that the Foundation’s efforts to increase the impact and effectiveness of our grant-making are on the right track.
In April, the Foundation hosted an Arts Forum focusing on current best practices in evaluation for this sector.
Throughout 2016, the Foundation has hosted forums on various issues relating to some of our program area funding objectives. On Thursday, 27 October 2016, eleven grantee organisations, that had received disability-employment-related grants in the past, were invited to attend a Disability Employment Forum at the Foundation. Nine organisations sent representatives to the half-day forum.
‘Impact measurement’— it seems to be the phrase on every philanthropist’s tongue. Measuring the long-term changes catalysed by the organisations and people using your donations seems a simple enough concept but when faced with a myriad of incomplete spreadsheets and missing data, the reality can be very daunting. And that’s when you actually know what you are measuring.
A recent article in ProBono magazine highlighted the findings of an Australian Institute of Grant Makers survey of grantseekers which found that one of their key concerns was the need for multi-year grants to sustain projects and build genuine partnerships with funders. This finding reflects the lessons we have gathered through our own evaluation processes identifying common success factors in our grants.
In this blog post, CEO Craig Connelly explains the Foundation's strategy for engagement with the NFP sector and managing our grant distributions over the next couple of years.
CEO Craig Connelly reflects on his first six months in the job, the pathway to increasingly strategic grant-making, forward commitments, and some of the highlights from our recent funding round.