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The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and boards, and those who work with them implementing programs. It provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style.

Our mission: To share evaluation results, tools, and knowledge about the philanthropic sector in order to improve the practice of grantmaking, yielding greater impact and innovation.

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Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 2 (2017)

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Teri Behrens

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The Missing Link for Maximizing Impact: Foundations Assessing Their Capacity
Melinda Fine, Jared Raynor, Jessica Mowles, and Deepti Sood


Foundations Don’t Know What They’re Risking
Maya Winkelstein and Shelley Whelpton



A Community Foundation’s Experience Implementing and Evaluating General Operating Support
Annemarie Riemer, Erika Frank, Hedda Rublin, and Susan Merrow-Kehoe


Insights From Deploying a Collaborative Process for Funding Systems Change
Alison McCarthy, Jacob Bornstein, Tiffany Perrin, Jennifer James, and Bill Fulton

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