How Can We Evaluate the Impact of Our General Operating Support Grants?
Grantmakers increasingly are turning to general operating support to ensure that nonprofits have the resources they need to achieve their goals. However, many grantmakers still have reservations about shifting more of support for grantees into the unrestricted column. Even though we may recognize how flexible dollars can boost effectiveness and impact for nonprofits, we still struggle with measuring the impact of these types of grants. While there are many schools of thought on this topic, this piece offers a set of common themes about assessing the impact of general operating support both pre-grant, during and after the grant is made.