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Non-Profit Performance Evaluation


Measuring Performance

In addition to the valuable cash awards and public recognition, participating non-profit organizations benefited from the unique performance evaluation service provided free to every Donner Award applicant.

At a time when charities and other non-profits were coming under increased scrutiny over the efficiency and effectiveness of their management and program delivery, the non-profit performance reports were an important tool to encourage public and donor confidence.


The evaluation protocol is detailed in the annual Non-Profit Performance Report published by The Fraser Institute. The report provided an important reference for non-profit organizations seeking to improve their performance and efficiency. For corporations, foundations, and individuals, the Non-Profit Performance Report provided a useful tool to evaluate the effectiveness of organizations competing for their charitable dollars.


The Confidential Performance Reports assessed the performance of a non-profit relative to that of its peers in the sector. Using information from the completed application form, each organization's performance was evaluated in ten areas:

  1. Financial Management
  2. Income Independence
  3. Strategic Management
  4. Board Governance
  5. Volunteers
  6. Staff
  7. Innovation
  8. Program Cost
  9. Outcome Monitoring
  10. Accessibility

View a sample Confidential Performance Report.


Simply by filling out the application form, organizations developed the skills to think critically about how they managed resources, staff, and volunteers, and tracked outputs and outcomes. By applying year after year, agencies continued to track their improvement as they advanced towards ever-higher levels of excellence and accountability. Many past participants incorporated the Donner Awards evaluation into their strategic planning processes.

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