Center for Effective Philanthropy Assessments

As a member of the Council on Foundations, your benefits include a special offering from our partners at the Center for Effective Philanthropy. A 10 percent discount will be offered to all Council members following the first-time use of CEP Assessments, including: Grantee and Applicant Perception ReportDonor Perception Report and Staff Perception Report.

Grantee and Applicant Perception Report

Partner with CEP to bring the candid perspectives of your grantees and applicants to the table. Through an easy-to-implement, confidential online survey, the GPR allows funders to learn from actionable insights in a comparative context with your peers. CEP has also added new survey questions for 2021 to ensure this feedback provides the insight you need now.

Survey themes include:

  • Impact on grantees’ fields, communities, and organizations
  • Understanding of intended beneficiaries and challenges
  • Interactions and communications with grantees
  • Application, reporting, and evaluation processes
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Response to current challenges

Donor Perception Report

Partner with CEP to better understand what your donors value and how that drives their giving decisions. Through a confidential survey with questions grounded in research, the DPR is the only survey that puts your results in a comparative context with peer community foundations.

Survey themes include:

  • Donor satisfaction and likelihood to recommend
  • Leadership and impact on the community
  • Changes in giving patterns based on current contexts
  • Donor engagement, interactions, and communication
  • Use and helpfulness of resources
  • Future giving plans

Staff Perception Report

Partner with CEP to gather candid feedback from your staff on topics that are crucial for your foundation’s impact. The SPR is the only staff survey designed specifically for the unique context of working in philanthropy, and it also puts your results in a comparative context with peer foundations.

Survey themes include:

  • Employee engagement and empowerment
  • Leadership, management, and supervisor relationships
  • Culture and communication
  • Grantmaking effectiveness and grantee interactions
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Workplace conduct


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