2022 CEP Results

Nov - Wed - 2022
November 16, 2022
Dear Community Partner,

I am a firm believer in the power of listening to community and making data-driven decisions. Most often, foundations focus on analyzing grantee data regarding the efficacy and impact of nonprofit organizations' work in community. Yet, we too must pause and take stock of the effectiveness of our organization.

When I joined Moses Taylor Foundation earlier this year, I was excited to learn that data from a second Grantee Perception Survey was being analyzed by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP). The purpose of the survey was to assess the Foundation’s impact, communications, and processes to help us improve our effectiveness. The survey captured anonymous data from 55 active grantees and compared that data to results from the initial 2017 survey, as well as a comparison group of similar foundations from across the country.

I am proud to be part of an organization focused on continuous improvement and to share with you a brief summary of the findings from the most recent survey. A copy of the full report can be accessed below.

Areas of Significant Improvement

  • Grant selection process that strengthens the organization/program funded
  • Understanding of the local community
  • Straightforward, relevant reporting process that gives grantees an opportunity to reflect and learn
  • Advanced the state of knowledge in the fields in which our grantees focus

Areas of Continued Strength

  • Openness to ideas from grantees
  • Transparency and candor
  • Impact on local community and understanding of beneficiaries’ needs
  • Awareness of challenges faced by organizations, including social, cultural, and socioeconomic factors; and funding priorities that reflect understanding of these challenges

Areas of Potential Opportunity

  • Deepen contributions to discussions related to evaluating the work funded
  • Increase unrestricted and/or multi-year funding
  • Make space for proactive and/or more consistent outreach and communications

Whether or not you participated in the survey or have ever received funding from the Foundation, I am always eager to hear your feedback regarding how Moses Taylor Foundation can further advance our mission to improve the health of people in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me any time at dbreslin@mosestaylorfoundation.org.

With gratitude,

Danielle Breslin
President and CEO
Moses Taylor Foundation


Click here to read our full 2018 report from
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

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