Community Foundation Awards Grants to Measure Nonprofit Performance

October 4, 2016- The Community Foundation’s Performance Management initiative helps organizations navigate the complexities of data measurement to evaluate and communicate their effectiveness. The Community Foundation recently awarded its fifth round of Performance Management grants, totaling $161,444.

The Red House Arts Center, Inc. (Redhouse) is one of nine other Performance Management grantees. After a successful experience with the Performance Management Learning Community in 2015, the organization decided to reapply for a second grant.

“Participation in the Learning Community allowed us to refine and systematize our data collection for our children’s programs launched with the Syracuse City School District,” said Samara Hannah, Executive Director of the Redhouse. “We learned a great deal throughout our experience and have been excited to reapply for another grant to further advance and measure the partnership this year.”

The organization, a regional provider of community based arts education for at-risk youth and individuals with disabilities, was awarded  $20,000 to measure the impact of its partnership with the Syracuse City School District at the middle school level compared to its similar data from elementary.

“We are looking forward to continuing this partnership to help enrich students, strengthen learning and academic progress and promote fun learning in middle schools,” said Hannah. “With the help of this grant we will continue to track the impact of the program as we look to expand to other schools in the region, with a goal to expand nationally.”

All grant recipients are now members of a new Performance Management Learning Community. The group will meet over the course of the next year to hone their data management skills and share their successes and challenges with one another.

 

The following list describes the projects each organization will be working on through this effort:

WCNY received $15,743 to strengthen its capacity to demonstrate the impact of its Enterprise America program.

ProLiteracy Worldwide received $20,000 to evaluate whether its online educational program is having positive outcomes for adult learners.

Onondaga County Department of Health received $20,000 to assess a relationship between recidivism rates and transition programming offered to those who are incarcerated.

Center for Community Alternatives received $20,000 to strengthen the ability of its employment-related programs to gather and use data for planning, quality assurance and program improvement.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site received $16,296 to evaluate the High Five child abuse prevention program, track outcomes and analyze the program for quality improvement.

The Samaritan Center received $17,253 to collect and analyze data relevant to an expanding case management and programming effort in order to improve its ability to meet guests’ needs.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County received $19,020 to conduct a study in order to determine unmet legal needs in the community.

Westcott Community Center received $13,132 to utilize data collection skills that will provide the community with an accurate picture of the center and its work in the organization’s first Annual Report.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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