At the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), we are inspired by our community partners’ commitment to improving livelihoods in Latin America and the Caribbean. In sharing that commitment, we strive to ensure that our grassroots development work responds directly to the needs of the communities we serve.
Since 2011, the IAF has been the only U.S. federal agency to participate in the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s (CEP) Grantee Perception Report (GPR). The report gives us anonymous feedback from our grantees and provides comparative data from other philanthropic institutions. Through this process, we can evaluate our performance as funders from the viewpoint of grantees and in comparison to similar grantmaking organizations.
Our grantees’ perceptions of the IAF’s impact in their communities continue to place near the top of CEP’s comparative dataset. Between the first GPR in 2011 and the second in 2014, the IAF made significant advancements in grantees’ perceptions of our work. The IAF’s 2017 report indicates that our work continues to have this high level of positive impact.
In fact, 73% of our community partners specifically indicate that they have a higher opinion of the United States as a result of working with the IAF.
Another highlight of the report indicates that our grantees find our selection, reporting and evaluation procedures extremely helpful. Our rating in this area, 6.42 points out of 7 points in 2017, is the highest of any funder in CEP’s comparative dataset of nearly 300 foundations and a smaller cohort of 14 foundations that also fund international projects.
These responses will be instrumental in how we evaluate and improve our grassroots development model to increase meaningful opportunities for all members of civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean to thrive.
Download our 2017 Grantee Perception Report