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Our Learning Community

Healthcare Georgia Foundation is committed to learning from both our successes and our challenges. One important aspect of evaluation is the ability to see what works and what doesn’t so that we can continue to enhance our learning and improve our  grantmaking.

Each day allows us to learn new lessons to become more effective as a strategic grant making organization. As a result of 15 years of grantmaking, the Foundation has learned key lessons that guide us now and in the future:

  • Be clear about what the Foundation wants to accomplish with each grant program and initiative.
  • Recognize that sustainable change takes time.
  • Carefully match grant strategies with anticipated grant outcomes.
  • Understand the context for the work, the capacity of current and/or potential partners, and the level of readiness for change.

Listen, Learn, and Lead

As a learning community, Healthcare Georgia Foundation is committed to achieving greater accountability and transparency. The Foundation regularly convenes grantees and community partners to receive feedback on the impact of our grantmaking in Georgia communities. Recent Listen, Learn, and Lead convenings at the Foundation are highlighted below:

Georgia Charitable Care Network mini grantees sharing their learnings at the Foundation.

Childhood Obesity Prevention Program grantees, program evaluators, and Foundation staff.

Sheryl McCalla, American College of Rheumatology (right); and Tina Nguyen (left) and Trinh Pham of BOAT People SOS recently shared the impact of their Direct Services grant funding to Foundation staff members.

2015 Grantee Survey

Since the inception of Healthcare Georgia Foundation in 2002, the principles of accountability and tranparency have guided the Foundation’s management, operations, and decision-making activities.

One tool that the Foundation uses to asses the effectiveness of its philanthropic activities is a survey of grant applicants. Surveys of grantees and applicants have been conducted in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2011, and 2015 to assess their experiences with the grantmaking process, Foundation roles, and the manner in which the Foundation engages its target populations of agencies and organizations.

The 2015 Survey was the first time the Healthcare Georgia Foundation sought feedack from grantees and applicants after three years of significant changes to the Foundation’s grantmaking practices.

Survey respondents answered 28 questions in three areas:

  • Background and characteristics of respondent/organizations;
  • Perceptions of the Foundation’s role and work; and
  • Experience working with the Foundation

The Center for Community Health and Evaluation prepared a summary of the Foundation’s 2015 survey results (read or download below) with comparisons to previous years where comparable data were available.

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