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Making an Impact: Strategy & Evaluation in Grantmaking

July 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pmJuly 22, 2021 @ 4:30 pm EDT

Making an Impact: Strategy & Evaluation in Grantmaking

We’re online! This course will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email before the event.

A two-day, intermediate course for program officers with three or more years of experience

Impactful grantmaking relies on the ability of foundation staff to develop, implement, manage, and advance clear strategies that effectively connect the mission of the foundation with grantee work.

Join us to explore and discuss with peers how to develop and improve your grantmaking strategy through two key tools: theory of change and equitable evaluation.

This course combines theory and practice in a collaborative, table-top exercise. Attendees will apply their learning throughout the two days to create a theory of change and a framework for evaluation based on an authentic issue from the sector. The exercise includes analyzing how strategy and evaluation can be developed, implemented, and managed with clarity to mitigate the impact of implicit bias and systemic inequalities, empower grantees through capacity building, and create relevant internal and external learning opportunities.

Instructors: Teri Behrens & Anna Cruz
Deadline to Register: July 7


Individual Registration:  $595
Group Registration:  $565 per participant
TGS Alumni:  $565 (use promo code TGSALUM30)

This course is limited to 24 participants.

Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, July 21 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, July 22 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET). This course is a live, interactive experience. It will not be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live session.

Day One – Developing Strategy and Theory of Change:

  • Theory of Philanthropy: equity in philanthropy, power dynamics, and risk tolerance
  • Developing a strategy for various levels: foundation, initiative, program
  • Developing a theory of change and communicating strategy

Day Two – Implementation, Evaluation, and Learning:

  • Role of evaluation and the learning cycle
  • Evaluation design: equitable evaluation, approaches, focus, and management
  • Learning cycle: developing a learning culture, using evidence to inform strategy

Who should attend this course?

This intermediate-level course is designed for foundation program officers with three or more years of experience. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email tgs@gvsu.edu before registering.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

This course may be subject to cancellation if it does not reach the minimum number of registrants. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified at least two weeks before the course start date and will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer your registration to another Johnson Center offering. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Photo: Teri Behrens
Teri Behrens, Ph.D., is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and is the founder and editor in chief of The Foundation Review, the Johnson Center’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy. Learn more about Dr. Behrens.

Photo: Anna Cruz
Anna Cruz, M.A., is the Managing Director of Strategic Learning, Research, and Evaluation at The Kresge Foundation. She supports the foundation’s emerging learning and evaluation practice and works with internal program and practice teams to develop evaluative approaches for their work. Learn more about Anna.


July 21, 2021 @ 12:30 pm EDT
July 22, 2021 @ 4:30 pm EDT
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