The Foundation Review

Tactical Philanthropy reader Teri Behrens (director of evaluation at W.K. Kellogg Foundation) is the inaugural editor of The Foundation Review, launching later this year:

I am very excited about this new venture because I believe the time is ripe for a peer-reviewed publication that will provide practical information about what works — and doesn’t work — in foundation-funded programs.  The target audience for the journal is foundation staff and boards, and those who work with them to implement and evaluate programs.

Anyone who works in philanthropy can point to stacks of technical reports about the field of philanthropy, and about the results accomplished by philanthropy — often published by foundations themselves.  However, there is no central place in which to publish these reports, making retrieval and use of the information challenging at best, and typically there has been no external review.

The Foundation Review will seek to fill this niche.  We are calling for articles written in an accessible style, emphasizing what was done and why, and describing the results and recommendations.  Articles should look more like the report a consultant would submit to a foundation or non-profit, rather than the typical heavy-on-theory academic discipline-based article. The topic for the first issue is comprehensive community change initiatives — see the attached for more information.

Please consider submitting an abstract by March 1, 2008

You can find a complete description of The Foundation Review with instructions for submitting papers here.