TFR 11.2 coverThe 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.

The Foundation Review is a hybrid journal, 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.

Editorial Team, Contributors, and Partners
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.

Submissions, Calls for Papers, Issue Themes, and Advertising
Submission Guidelines for Authors

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

Call for Papers Vol. 12, Issue 2: Open (unthemed)

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Vol. 12, Issue 2 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 July 31, 2019. If a full paper is invited, it will be due Jan. 3, 2020 for consideration for publication in June, 2020. View the Call for Papers for details.

Call for Papers Vol. 12, Issue 3: Themed issue on Post-Secondary Education Attainment

Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Vol. 12, Issue 3 of The Foundation Review. This issue, sponsored by The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and Woodward Hines Education Foundation, is focused on how foundations support access to post-secondary learning and training and attainment of credentials that prepare learners for a rapidly changing society. 

Submit abstracts to by Oct. 31, 2019. If a full paper is invited, it will be due Feb. 28, 2020 for consideration for publication in Sept. 2020. 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.

Issue Themes and Publish Dates

Issue 11.2 June 2019 – Collaborative Learning (how foundations learn with grantees)
Issue 11.3 September 2019 – Open (Unthemed)
Issue 11.4 December 2019 – Open (Unthemed)
Issue 12.1 March 2020 – Open (Unthemed)
Issue 12.2 June 2020 – Open (Unthemed)
Issue 12.3 September 2020 – Post-Secondary Education Attainment 


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Abstracting and Indexing

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


Readership Activity

This real-time readership activity map demonstrates the impact of The Foundation Review around the globe, where our readers are in the world, and what articles they’re downloading.