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"Philanthropy wonk" Lucy Bernholz—a highly regarded expert on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy and visiting scholar at Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society—recently reviewed Humanity United's 2011 Performance Report on her popular blog, Philanthropy 2173.
Her post offers both praise—"it brings the concept of annual report into the 21st Century"—and thoughtful suggestions for improvement, such as offering more interactive tools.
Read the full post and share your comments here.
This week marked the public release of Humanity United's first comprehensive performance report, an exercise that helped us to better understand the impact we believe we are having and the learnings we are collecting from our grant-making and direct-impact activities.
Here are a few things we’re doing this year to continue to learn at Humanity United.
Today Humanity United released its first annual Performance Report, based on data through December 2011.
In this post, Vice President of Strategic Communications Mike Boyer explains what this inaugual report means for Humanity United: "In an era when many philanthropies are reassessing the efficacy and value of annual reports, we wanted to try a different approach and experiment with a performance and learning-based report utilizing an interactive, online format."
Are we achieving social change? What are we learning from our activities? And how are we making an impact?
These three questions are among the hardest for philanthropic organizations like ours to answer. At Humanity United, Associate Director of Research Meredith Blair is charged with guiding the team to understanding how we can best answer these questions for ourselves.