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					                                                Session two: Scan




Making a


Difference
A community impact series




Making a Difference A community impact series        Session two Slide 1
          The six core competencies of impact



                                                     grantmaking


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                                   2       3


       Scan                  Prioritize               Strategize                     Design                   Measure                  Communicate
Assess Community Needs,     Determine Community      Make Effective Decisions   Develop Outputs, Outcomes   Track Against Indicators    Share Priorities, Strategies,
 Opportunities, Resources    Foundation Priorities                                    and Indicators                                      Activities and Impact



                                                     community catalyst




   Making a Difference A community impact series                                                                                Session two Slide 2
     Exercises A and B: Why impact?

     Where are you at today?
     Which competencies did you
     rank lowest?
     What are the obstacles to
     improvement?




Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 3
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                                   2       3


       Scan                  Prioritize               Strategize                     Design                   Measure                   Communicate
Assess Community Needs,     Determine Community      Make Effective Decisions   Develop Outputs, Outcomes   Track Against Indicators     Share Priorities, Strategies,
 Opportunities, Resources    Foundation Priorities                                    and Indicators                                       Activities and Impact




                               So you decide you want
                               to have greater impact.
                                                        Where do you begin?




   Making a Difference A community impact series                                                                                 Session two Slide 4
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                                   2       3


       Scan                  Prioritize               Strategize                     Design                   Measure                   Communicate
Assess Community Needs,     Determine Community      Make Effective Decisions   Develop Outputs, Outcomes   Track Against Indicators     Share Priorities, Strategies,
 Opportunities, Resources    Foundation Priorities                                    and Indicators                                       Activities and Impact




               scan                                                                   Impact starts with understanding
                                                                                      your community
                                                                                      Assess community needs,
                                                                                      opportunities and resources




   Making a Difference A community impact series                                                                                 Session two Slide 5
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                                   2       3


       Scan                  Prioritize               Strategize                     Design                   Measure                   Communicate
Assess Community Needs,     Determine Community      Make Effective Decisions   Develop Outputs, Outcomes   Track Against Indicators     Share Priorities, Strategies,
 Opportunities, Resources    Foundation Priorities                                    and Indicators                                       Activities and Impact




               scan                                                                   Benefits of scanning
                                                                                      Better grantmaking
                                                                                      Better catalyst work
                                                                                      Better advice to donors
                                                                                      More community buy-in and
                                                                                      accountability



                                                                                      Results: an assessment of
                                                                                      community needs, opportunities
                                                                                      and resources


   Making a Difference A community impact series                                                                                 Session two Slide 6
                                       1

                                   2       3


       Scan                  Prioritize               Strategize                     Design                   Measure                   Communicate
Assess Community Needs,     Determine Community      Make Effective Decisions   Develop Outputs, Outcomes   Track Against Indicators     Share Priorities, Strategies,
 Opportunities, Resources    Foundation Priorities                                    and Indicators                                       Activities and Impact




               scan                                                                   See the big picture
                                                                                      Be objective



                                                                                      “It’s not enough to be a
                                                                                      great soloist. Most of the
                                                                                      time, you find you’re
                                                                                      playing in an orchestra.”


                                                                                      grantmaker quoted in GrantCraft’s
                                                                                      “Scanning the Landscape”


   Making a Difference A community impact series                                                                                 Session two Slide 7
     Exercise C: Assess your scanning practice

     Some ways to scan

     Track newspaper coverage for news
     on community issues

     Learn through your site visits
     and ongoing work with nonprofit
     organizations

     Encourage your board and
     colleagues to be community
     scanners




Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 8
     Exercise D: A scanning template

     Critical needs

     Promising opportunities

     Community capacity

     Possible foundation roles

     Relevant foundation resources




Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 9
     Before You Scan
     Threshold Questions


 “ How much scanning is needed? How will we know
   when we are done?”

 “ Does our board understand our scanning process?”

 “ When might we communicate our scanning results to
   the community?”




Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 10
     Getting going

                                                Add a “scan the news” section
                                                to your foundation’s staff
                       simple steps             meetings
                       to take now
                                                Plan for a scanning overview at
                                                the next board meeting

                                                E-mail a list of your key
                                                community contacts a short
                                                survey on their assessment
                                                of community needs and
                                                opportunities




Making a Difference A community impact series                      Session two Slide 11
     Getting going

                                                Conduct a community needs
                                                assessment
                       major project
                       over the next year       Communicate the results to the
                                                broader community




Making a Difference A community impact series                     Session two Slide 12
     Self-study and planning tools

     C: Assess Your Scanning Practice
     D: A Scanning Template




Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 13
Making a


Difference
A community impact series


Making a Difference A community impact series   Session two Slide 14

				
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