The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) is a strategic partner of JFN.

A nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders, CEP provides data and creates insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness — and as a result, their intended impact. Like JFN, CEP believes that more effective philanthropic funders can have a profoundly positive impact on nonprofit organizations and the people and communities they serve.

As part of the CEP-JFN partnership, JFN members receive a 10 percent discount on all first-time use of CEP assessments, including its: Grantee and Applicant Perception Report, Donor Perception Report, and Staff Perception Report. Learn more about each assessment below.

Read a case study about JFN member Bader Philanthropies' experience with the CEP Grantee and Applicant Perception Report here.

To connect with other JFN members who have undergone a CEP assessment, email Ari Rudolph, Vice President of Membership Engagement ([email protected])

To contact CEP directly, email Austin Long ([email protected])

Grantee and Applicant Perception Report

Partner with CEP to bring the candid perspectives of your grantees and applicants to the table. Through an easy-to-implement, confidential online survey, the GPR allows funders to learn from actionable insights in a comparative context with your peers. CEP has also added new survey questions for 2021 to ensure this feedback provides the insight you need now.

Survey themes include:

• Impact on grantees’ fields, communities, and organizations
• Understanding of intended beneficiaries and challenges
• Interactions and communications with grantees
• Application, reporting, and evaluation processes
• Diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Response to current challenges


Donor Perception Report

Partner with CEP to better understand what your donors value and how that drives their giving decisions. Through a confidential survey with questions grounded in research, the DPR is the only survey that puts your results in a comparative context with peer community foundations.

Survey themes include:

• Donor satisfaction and likelihood to recommend
• Leadership and impact on the community
• Changes in giving patterns based on current contexts
• Donor engagement, interactions, and communication
• Use and helpfulness of resources
• Future giving plans


Staff Perception Report

Partner with CEP to gather candid feedback from your staff on topics that are crucial for your foundation’s impact. The SPR is the only staff survey designed specifically for the unique context of working in philanthropy, and it also puts your results in a comparative context with peer foundations.

Survey themes include:

• Employee engagement and empowerment
• Leadership, management, and supervisor relationships
• Culture and communication
• Grantmaking effectiveness and grantee interactions
• Diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Workplace conduct