Blending Evaluative and Organizational Development – An SSIR article about how collaboration between nonprofit evaluators and organizational consultants can increase efficiency and lead to deeper results.
Community Innovation Grant – Illuminating Perspectives – We took 2018 off from our Community Innovation Grant competition to evaluate its first 3 years; using input from our grantees, peer funders, staff, and Board to improve the process and enhance the culture of innovation in the Richmond nonprofit scene. This publication has our findings and changes.
Partnerships: A Framework for Working Together – Developed by a consultant to the Robins Foundation, this document aims to assist nonprofit organizations partner with one another.
Mapping Opportunity – Examining the K-12 Policy Landscape in Greater Richmond– An overview of policy options for improving educational outcomes across the K-12 continuum in the Greater Richmond area.
Philanthropy as the South’s Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise – Commissioned by the Southeastern Council of Foundations, this second iteration of the MDC “Passing Gear” report explores what has changed in terms of data, landscape, and philanthropic capacity and activity in our region.
Supporting Young People Transitioning from Foster Care: Virginia Findings from a National Survey and Policy Scan – The Possibilities Project (TPP) – a best-practices-based service model that gives youth the stability and support they need to become successful and productive members of their communities. TPP commissioned nationwide and Virginia-centered reports on extended foster care services to strengthen and inform its practices. Conducted by Child Trends, a leading nonprofit research organization, the reports will be utilized by practitioners, program providers and policy makers throughout the state and nation.
Unplanned Donor Legacies: How to Avoid Them, and How One Family Foundation Corrected Course with an Evaluation – A Foundation Review publication co-authored by our CEO, Kelly Chopus, and our partners at Communitas Consulting. Based on our recent work together on evaluation of a place-based initiative in Richmond, Virginia, we delineate the ways in which a foundation’s relationship, influence, and expectations around a collaborative community-based partnership shaped its legacy.