Browse the current issue.The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and boards and those who work with them. Each quarterly issue provides peer-reviewed reports about the field of philanthropy, including reports by foundations on their own work.

Our mission: To share evaluation results, tools, and knowledge about the philanthropic sector in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation.



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Editorial Team

Dr. Teri Behrens, editor in chief
Pat Nanzer, associate editor
Michael Pratt, assistant editor

Editorial Advisory Board

Members of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Foundation Review are experts in grantmaking and evaluation of programs. From diverse work settings including academia, foundations, nonprofits, government, and independent consulting the Editorial Advisory Board uses its unique perspective to advise and develop our work.

We believe that the forthright sharing of information among foundations and nonprofits builds a knowledge base that strengthens their ability to effectively address critical social issues. We encourage foundation donors, boards, and staff to honor this transparency in their own practices and to support others who do so.

Contributing Authors and Partner Organizations

Thank you to contributing authors from these organizations and our partners who help make The Foundation Review possible. Partner organizations receive a discount on subscriptions for their members.

Submission Guidelines for Authors

When submitting a manuscript, we encourage you to keep these Author Guidelines in mind.

Call for Papers – deadline extended

We are currently soliciting abstracts and grant requests for a themed issue of The Foundation Review on Exiting with Impact. For this issue, we seek articles that rigorously address how a philanthropic funder can make a constructive or even impactful exit. Through the support of our sponsoring foundations, we are able to offer small research grants to help defray the direct costs of research on these challenges.

Submit abstracts to by March 15, 2016. If a full paper is invited, it will be due June 15, 2016 for consideration for publication in March 2017.

Call for Papers details

Call for Papers

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 9, Issue 1 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be an open (unthemed) issue. Papers on any topic relevant to organized philanthropy are invited.

Submit abstracts to by May 15, 2016. If a full paper is invited, it will be due Sept. 15, 2016 for consideration for publication in March, 2017.

9.1 Call for Papers Details

Unsolicited Papers

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The Foundation Review article abstracts are included in these databases:

  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EBSCOhost: Business Source
  • EBSCOhost: Nonprofit Organization Reference Center
  • Gale Cengage Learning: Academic OneFile
  • ProQuest: Central
  • ProQuest: Social Sciences Journals
  • ProQuest: Research Library