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.
Our aim with the Annual Performance Reports (through charts, videos, and highlights) is to reflect the work we have supported with our resources and the impact we seek to achieve. In doing so, we hope to provide a deeper look at our progress toward our long-term goals. Within the Annual Performance Report you can find information including diversity data and portfolio allocations for Irvine's past grantmaking.
Our Year in Reviews are based on the Annual Performance Reports that we develop each year for Irvine’s Board of Directors to measure our impact and hold ourselves accountable. They 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.