Most of our grantmaking initiatives include rigorous evaluation procedures. We also conduct an annual foundation-wide assessment to measure our progress against our organizational goals.
The Portfolio Review is an assessment of the work we have supported and a deeper look at progress toward our long-term goals. The Portfolio Review also includes diversity data for Irvine’s staff and board, and information about how we allocated our past grantmaking dollars.
Our Year in Reviews examine the progress we’re seeing in our grantmaking as well as other areas that we believe contribute to our impact as an institution. They also include information on the diversity of our staff and board, and our financial reports and investment policies.
Our goal is to provide more transparency about who we are, what we fund, what we’re learning, and where we’re headed.
The reports, documented by the Center for Effective Philanthropy, provide both absolute data about how our grantees perceive us and relative data comparing these perceptions with how other foundations' grantees perceived their funders.
More than 250 foundations have commissioned GPRs from the Center for Effective Philanthropy, which allows us to compare our grantees’ perceptions to a very broad data set.
Late last year, the Irvine Foundation commissioned the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to conduct its third Grantee Perception Report survey of Irvine’s grantees. CEP had conducted previous surveys for us in 2006 and 2010. While there were a number of areas for which grantees rated us higher than before, we were sobered to see our ratings lower in quite a few arenas compared to 2010 and to our peer foundations.