VECF is pleased to partner with the Virginia Department of Education in implementing the $9.9 million federal Preschool Development Grant Birth to Five awarded to Virginia earlier this year. Through this grant, Virginia seeks to understand the current state of early care and education [...]
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How do you measure the impact of what you do in a manageable way? The authors of The Goldilocks Challenge present guiding principles to selecting data that is meaningful, grounded, realistic…and can ultimately support evidence of impact. Based on these principles, Communitas [...]
What is necessary to create an effective regional coalition? Members of the Greater Richmond Regional Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (GRRC) had been operating jointly for over a decade to provide resources to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault [...]
After advising non-profits and philanthropies to make their assumptions, strategies, and metrics explicit and to celebrate the value of what they do, we thought it was timely to create our own “theory of change.” Designed by PixelFire Designs, we hope this sharp graphic gives you a [...]
A challenge for many executive directors is how to plan for meaningful change within their organization while also achieving buy-in from staff. Communitas adapted a traditional strategic planning process to include a less hierarchical and more staff-inclusive approach. Learn how time spent listening [...]
We recently had the opportunity to work closely with a client who had funded and supported a major community change effort to evaluate what worked well and what did not. With the full cooperation of the funder and the nonprofit recipient, [...]
What’s Behind a Theory of Change? Engaging your organization’s leadership and team in creating a theory of change (TOC) can be a powerful and unifying activity. A good TOC (or theory of action or pathway) gives your partners and staff a [...]
Read new article in the Foundation Review about how to avoid unplanned donor legacies!
Here’s one approach that Communitas Consulting has used in the early stages of diagnosis for evaluations. It is transferrable to an assessment of your own organizational issues. When you are faced with an organizational or community problem that calls for a solution: [...]
As practitioners, we often rush to solve problems. We want to pin down the causes and make things better. In nonprofits and philanthropies, there is merit to this impulse -- and there is often misdirected energy. Our first impulse is to [...]