Surdna is committed to measuring its effectiveness, where possible and within reasonable costs, to ensure high quality in the Foundation's grantmaking and other processes and to chart our progress in pursuing our goals. We measure our effectiveness:

  • to establish benchmarks for continuous improvement
  • to communicate the value of our work - and our grantees' work - to encourage other potential funders to join us in supporting particular groups and causes, and
  • to provide information about our performance as a way of being accountable to the public (which subsidizes our efforts through tax exemption).


Board and Staff continue to improve how we capture and manage information; monitor, measure and evaluate our work; and regularly report out on the Foundation's effectiveness.

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