Foundation Staff

Excellence in Giving has created research and evaluation tools to help Foundation staff make smarter grantmaking decisions. While Foundation staff process dozens of grants and maintain positive relationships with nonprofit partners, they hire us to complete outsourced projects to make them more effective:

Nonprofit Evaluations

The depth of our due diligence matches the level of interest a donor has in a charity. We analyze documents and interview senior management to find the strengths and weaknesses in a nonprofit's strategy, leadership, finances, and impact so donors can give wisely and nonprofits get better.

Community Solutions Assessment

We use quantitative and qualitative research methods to identify what is working and not working to improve key community issues. The results are clear data trends, recommended grants to solve a problem in a particular neighborhood, city, or county, and a network of community partners.


Outcomes Measurement

We design, test, and implement processes to measure lasting outcomes so donors know what impact charities produce. Our careful analysis of survey results produces Impact Reports and Improvement Reports that enable nonprofits to celebrate the good and learn from the bad.

Topical Research

We identify key data trends for any topic ranging from homelessness in Houston to poverty alleviation in India. Gaps in services are identified so strategic funders can invest in what solves a problem they care about. Read our ground-breaking study of The Fight Against Domestic Sex Trafficking.