The Denver Foundation measures progress on each of the goals identified in its strategic plan. Annually, the President provides a report to the Board of Trustees on overall progress.
Goal 1: Leadership
In addition to regular reporting to the Philanthropic Leadership Committee of the Board, the Philanthropic Partnerships Department conducts in-depth evaluations of several of our leadership activities and partnerships. The Inclusiveness Project, the Nonprofit Internship Program, and the Advancing Colorado's Mental Health Care partnership all have ongoing evaluation mechanisms in place, in partnership with OMNI Research and other evaluators.
Goal 2: Community Investments
The Programs Department has a multi-tiered evaluation strategy in place to measure progress in the Community Grants Program, the Strengthening Neighborhoods Program, and the Technical Assistance Program. The evaluation is developed and conducted in partnership with the Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry.
Goal 3: Governance
The Foundation's Nominating and Governance Committee monitors progress related to governance work through regular meetings and reports to the Board. Information about the Foundation's Board and volunteer recruitment process is available on the website.
Goal 4: Financial Sustainability
The Philanthropic Services Group tracks fundraising progress on a daily basis and reports on this progress to the Philanthropic Services Committee of the Board of Trustees. Fundraising results are also reported in the Annual Report each year.
Goal 5: Community Engagement
The Communications Department tracks progress in the areas of social media, media relations, public outreach, and community engagement. Monthly progress reports are provided to the Foundation's Board. Periodic research also measures the depth of awareness among various Foundation audiences per the strategic plan.
Goal 6: Internal Resources
The Finance and Administration Department is required to measure its progress on a number of fronts and provides these reports to the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees of the Board on progress toward achieving identified goals.