Kingslow Associates provides advisory and research services to foundation officials and support organizations to develop new programs and initiatives and evaluate existing programs within our core practice areas. We also provide management support and ongoing technical assistance to grantees, intermediaries and partnerships.
We have examined many types of foundations, including private foundations, community foundations, corporate philanthropy, social venture philanthropy, and family foundations. Through our research on organized philanthropy we have keen insight into the organizational, fiduciary, and operational considerations affecting these institutions and the field.
Whether you are starting a new initiative or managing ongoing projects, we can help you build and strengthen your grantee partnerships by conducting due diligence, monitoring grants, conducting evaluations and providing technical assistance.
Building Endowments for Community Development Client: Ford Foundation Conducted a study of the barriers and opportunities within organized philanthropy to building permanent sources of local philanthropic capital and endowments for community and economic development. Examined five sectors of philanthropy: community foundations, health conversion foundations, family foundations, alternative funds, corporate giving, and social venture capital funds. This study was commissioned to inform internal program planning.
Research and Program Planning for Economic Development Client: W.K. Kellogg Foundation Developed a series of white papers and panel discussions aimed at building WKKF's capacity to initiate and implement grantmaking programs in economic development and integrate these approaches with existing programs. Conducted environmental scans of the foundation's international and domestic grantmaking in economic development. Provided technical assistance to interdisciplinary teams working to expand WKKF's economic development programming. This work laid the groundwork for new programming. Improved Grantmaking Processes for Women's Fund Client: Chicago Foundation for Women Conducted an assessment of grantmaking process as part of its long term strategic planning effort. Provided recommendations for internal restructuring, replacing outdated procedures, and balancing program and fundraising priorities during a period of aggressive growth, resulting in major restructuring of grantmaking operations. Methodology included document reviews, interviews, and focus groups. This assessment resulted in major restructuring of grantmaking operations.
Small Grants Program Client: Steans Family Foundation Evaluation planning and management assessment of Chicago's North Lawndale Small Grants program, an initiative aimed at engaging more voluntary groups and unincorporated associations in community improvement projects. Conducted process assessment, developed outcome indicators, and documented best practices of small grant programs nationally.