Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook

  • May 12, 2019

In order to make lasting progress toward the goals we share with our nonprofit and community partners, we have to be learning all the time. We need to know what is happening in the communities where we want to have an impact. We need to know how change is affecting the ability of our partners to do their work and reach their goals.

When grantmakers focus on learning for improvement, we use evaluation and learning to generate information and insights that will help us better understand both how we’re doing in our work and how to improve. A focus on taking action based on what we learn ensures that we are engaged in strategic or applied learning. Our learning should be tied directly to the strategies we are pursuing and the decisions we are making.

Learning in Philanthropy: A Guidebook provides a solid basis for thinking and talking about the next steps in our organization’s learning work. The guidebook is designed to serve as a resource to help grantmakers answer critical learning questions and embed learning more deeply into the day-to-day work and cultures of our organizations.



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