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Paul Penley, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Research Division

Dr. Penley manages the company's research division and leads projects to inform effective grantmaking strategies. He has refined methods for nonprofit due diligence and tracking post-grant impact. He has completed on-site evaluations in a dozen countries around the world. Dr. Penley specializes in creating outcome measurement systems for internal and external reporting of program effectiveness. He has presented his approach at community foundations, Philanthropy Roundtable meetings, and Yale Philanthropy Conference. He has published research insights in Alliance magazine, Planned Giving Today, and OUTCOMES magazine. He contributes to blogs for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Council on Foundations, and Exponent Philanthropy. 

Dr. Penley has international relief work and ministry experience in Mexico, Bolivia, Kosovo, Philippines, Kenya and Uganda. He studied abroad in Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Egypt, to understand international culture and history. He designed the firm's Community Solutions Assessments and Strategic Gap Analyses so clients can find and fund charities that fill strategic gaps and get results. He created our user-friendly charity evaluation platform at so any subscriber can assess nonprofit performance and impact using up-to-date, in-depth data. Dr. Penley’s ability to identify predictive indicators of mission failure or success allows those he advises to support high-performing charities making the difference they want to fund.

Paul is a published author, an avid blogger with 60,000 readers, and an adjunct professor. He resides in Colorado Springs with his family where he enjoys flyfishing the endless trout streams in Colorado.