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.
There have been a number of sector engagement activities undertaken by the Foundation since the beginning of the year.
This week, our program management team traveled to Brisbane to hold an information forum on The Ian Potter Foundation. Grantseekers came from far and wide to find out more about the Foundation, our application and evaluation processes, and insights into the broader funding landscape.
In April, the Foundation hosted an Arts Forum focusing on current best practices in evaluation for this sector.
In April, Dr Alberto Furlan and Dr Squirrel Main were delighted to visit the Karinya Young Women’s Service in Tasmania to hear about Karinya’s successful Young Mums ‘n’ Bubs (KYM) program.
Experience is the best teacher, which is why The Ian Potter Foundation has made available the summarised learnings of its grantees from the past five years.
We are issuing our annual call for evaluators interested in being listed in The Ian Potter Foundation’s Evaluator Pool (TIPFEP). We use TIPFEP to recommend evaluators to our grantees with the objective of producing high-quality evaluation reports that will lead to projects leveraging ongoing funding.
‘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.
Dr Squirrel Main addressed the Generosity Magazine 'Conversations in Changing Philanthropy' Forum today about the value of evaluation.
How do you know if an art program is successful? Of course you can measure audience numbers—but how do you measure other elements like quality? Following the positive experience of one of our grantees, Access Arts, we are expanding our participation in a new arts evaluation program known as Culture Counts...