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Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D

Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D

CF – The Magazine for Growing Community Foundations

A strong national network of growing community foundations is good for communities.  Community foundations can be a constant source of…

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Happy Birthday, America!

Let’s celebrate our independence by sending birthday gifts to those organizations that are trying to change the system so the…

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Indicators of Freedom: Examples From the Film, “12 Years a Slave”

I turned my list of indicators of enslavement into their more positive form, calling them “indicators of freedom.”  Consider them…

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Institutional Racism: It’s Hard to See Racism When You’re White

If institutional barriers to fairness is the problem in our systems of economic development, justice, school-to-life pathways, etc., then how…

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Looking for Evidence of Success: Follow the Action

A curious donor will wonder where they might see signs that their donation is “making a difference.”  My simple answer:…

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Nonprofit Development and Evaluation: The Untold Story of Who Benefits from Nonprofit Programs

It’s a nonprofit’s responsibility – and opportunity – to understand and help others appreciate its own  construct of effectiveness in…

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How To Save The World: Evaluating Your Choices

“The world isn’t going to be saved overnight, or in a year, or with the one just-right program or policy. It’s people that will save the world, working in a smart accumulation of efforts that together make progress against specific substantial goals.” Steven E. Mayer

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Rural Mainstreet Radio Evaluation Standards – A New Introduction

Creating one’s own evaluation standards is good practice for any nonprofit, whether given special authorization or not. It creates opportunities…

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Saving the Babies: Looking Upstream for Solutions – A New Introduction

Your foundation’s grantmaking guidelines reflect your Board’s choice of philanthropic strategy, whether you meant them to or not.  Do your…

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Supporting Low-Income Neighborhood Organizations: A Guide for Community Foundations – A New Introduction

Projects that work well and produce good outcomes are more likely to capture the eye of funders.  Good outcomes in…

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