Youth Development Program: Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, 1999

Source: 
Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)

Date

2007

Case Study Sector

Education

The Youth Development Program of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF) is guided by a rigorous strategy and theory of change. Developed with the help of the Bridgespan Group, this strategy cum logic chain entails a six-step process:

  1. Identifying organizations
  2. Pre-screening
  3. Due diligence
  4. Business planning
  5. Investments
  6. Performance tracking and evaluation

The Foundation describes its approach as Institution and Field Building (IFB). On the one hand, it seeks to strengthen youth development organizations and to help them reach larger numbers of low-income children and teenagers. On the other hand, EMCF hopes to build and improve the youth development field. One way it does this is through its support of excellent institutions, which can then serve as leaders and models to other youth-supporting nonprofits. Another way is by disseminating the knowledge gained along the way.

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Keyword

  • Field Building
  • Evaluation
  • Strategy

Region

  • Northern America

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