Call for Papers
FOR VOLUME 13, ISSUE 2
Abstracts of up to 250 words are being solicited for Volume 13, Issue 2 of The Foundation Review. This issue will be focused on shifting power in philanthropy.
In recent years there has been increasing emphasis on how foundations can balance maintaining a strategic focus with ensuring that the knowledge of grantees and community members is valued and included in the grantmaking process. For this issue we invite articles on foundation practices that shift power for strategy and grantmaking decisions to these stakeholders. These participatory grantmaking practices might include ways to include grantees and community members in any or all phases, from strategy development to the selection of organizations to be awarded funding.
Submit abstracts to by May 31, 2020. If a full paper is invited, it will be due November 15, 2020 for consideration for publication in June 2021.
Abstracts are solicited in four categories:
- Results. Papers in this category generally report on findings from evaluations of foundation-funded work. Papers should include a description of the theory of change (logic model, program theory), a description of the grant-making strategy, the evaluation methodology, the results, and discussion. The discussion should focus on what has been learned both about the programmatic content and about grantmaking and other foundation roles (convening, etc.).
- Tools. Papers in this category should describe tools useful for foundation staff or boards. By “tool” we mean a systematic, replicable method intended for a specific purpose. For example, a protocol to assess community readiness and standardized facilitation methods would be considered a tool. The actual tool should be included in the article where practical. The paper should describe the rationale for the tool, how it was developed, and available evidence of its usefulness.
- Sector. Papers in this category address issues that confront the philanthropic sector as whole, such as diversity, accountability, etc. These are typically empirically based; literature reviews are also considered.
- Reflective Practice. The reflective practice articles rely on the knowledge and experience of the authors, rather than on formal evaluation methods or designs. In these cases, it is because of their perspective about broader issues, rather than specific initiatives, that the article is valuable.
BOOK REVIEWS: The Foundation Review publishes reviews of relevant books. Please contact the editor to discuss submitting a review. Reviewers must be free of conflicts of interest.
Authors can view full manuscript specifications and standards before submitting an abstract at https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/tfr/for_authors.html.
Please contact Teri Behrens, editor of The Foundation Review, with questions at or 734-646-2874.