Step 5: Measuring the Impact of Your Giving

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Why measure impact?

Measurement enables a philanthropist or philanthropic institution to gauge the effect of their giving in a number of ways:

  • Understanding the link between intent and change
  • What degree of change actually occurred on account of my contribution?
  • Asking the measurement questions provides a level of accountability that can offer satisfactory answers for some of the questions highlighted above while also engaging recipients in a way that primes a canvas for success

The savvy philanthropist should start the measurement process by answering the following five questions in the quest for positive impact:

  • What does success look like for me and for the beneficiaries my philanthropy serves?
  • What was the situation before my intervention?
  • Which tools should I use to monitor progress?
  • Whose responsibility is it to do so?
  • How will I resource it?

The savvy philanthropist should start the measurement process by answering the following five questions in the quest for positive impact:

  • What does success look like for me and for the beneficiaries my philanthropy serves?
  • What was the situation before my intervention?
  • Which tools should I use to monitor progress?
  • Whose responsibility is it to do so?
  • How will I resource it?

Case Study: Beyond Scholarships

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