Foundation Giving Trends

By Kathryn Tuck

Published in: Update - Issue 3 - 2014 »   

Leader Dogs for the Blind is supported by more than sixty foundations annually, many of which are from Michigan and the Midwest. According to a 2011 study from the Pew Research Institute, Michigan is rated in the top three states per capita for foundation support.

To better engage our foundation partners, we recently held a Foundation Roundtable, where we provided these grantors with overviews of our programs, insight into our metrics for evaluation and experiences that only happen because of our Leader Dog mission.

The trends in foundation giving are moving towards accountability and measurement, noting that social innovation with the nonprofit community must now be collaborative, networked and interdependent. As a result, foundations are seeking to do the most good by viewing their grant dollars as an investment in both mission and outcomes.

Leader Dog has embraced this trend for nearly a decade as our operational plan incorporates the collection and quarterly review of a performance dashboard with metrics for every department, alignment of our mission and vision with an outcome-driven strategic plan, and a recently enhanced integrated database system that allows departments to more fully share and utilize data. With these measures in place, Leader Dog has more time to delve deeply into the next great innovations that will shape our industry.

If you represent a foundation that supports the Leader Dog mission or would like to learn more, please contact Kathryn Tuck, director of foundation giving, at 248/218.6431 to plan a site visit.