The Foundation Review journal 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.

The Foundation Review journal is a hybrid, with a mix of subscriber-only and open-access content. Sponsored issues may be completely open access. Authors may pay to have articles made open access. All articles become open access two years after publication. Subscribe now and support the journal!

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Editorial Team

Teri Behrens, Ph.D., editor in chief
Karen Hoekstra, art director
Pat Robinson, associate 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 for Two Themed Issues

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 11, Issues 1 and 2, of The Foundation Review. These two issues, sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the McKnight Foundation and the Kauffman Foundation, are focused on the two related issues: 1) how foundations promote their own organizational learning; and 2) how foundations learn collaboratively with others, including grantees, community stakeholders, government and other funders.

Abstracts for the Foundation Learning issue (11.1) are due May 15, 2018. If a full paper is invited, it will be due September 28, 2018 for consideration for publication in March 2019.

Abstracts for the Collaborative Learning issue (11.2) are preferred by May 15 but will be considered if submitted by July 15, 2018. If a full paper is invited for 11.2, it will be due October 15, 2018 for consideration for publication in June 2019.

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View the Call for Papers for details.

Unsolicited Papers

If you would like to submit a full paper for review (not in response to a Call for Papers), please register. After you log in, click on “Submit A Paper” on the menu at the top of the screen. Choose “Open-Uninvited” from the drop-down menu for the type of paper, then follow the instructions.


The Foundation Review article abstracts are included in these databases:

  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • EBSCOhost: Business Source
  • EBSCOhost: Nonprofit Organization Reference Center
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), part of the Web of Science Core Collection
  • Gale Cengage Learning: Academic OneFile
  • ProQuest: Central
  • ProQuest: Social Sciences Journals
  • ProQuest: Research Library

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