Cutler Institute

DIP Releases Report on Maine Foundations' Evaluation Expectations

Over the past two years, the DIP has engaged with over 250 Maine nonprofits that are navigating the many data reporting requirements of a diverse portfolio of funders with varying degrees of success and challenges. With the support of the Maine Philanthropy Center, the DIP undertook this project to better understand foundations’ expectations of grantees in terms of performance measures and outcomes as outlined in their grant applications. The DIP hopes the result is the beginning of a conversation that ultimately benefits both nonprofits and foundations.

The DIP is pleased to share this report to begin a conversation within Maine to look more closely at how the important relationship between foundations and nonprofits may benefit from increased understanding and clarity around measurement approaches so that both dollars and efforts lead to meaningful and measurable results across the state, and ultimately enhance the health and well‐being of all Mainers. The DIP is asking nonprofits to read, reflect, and share the report widely.

For more information, please read the USM press release.