Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Understanding Impact: Beyond Evaluation

Monday, November 3, 2014 -
9:00am to 1:00pm EST
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Whether you represent a small family foundation or a large grantmaking organization with staff dedicated to evaluation, you'll want to join your colleagues in philanthropy for this half-day program on understanding impact. As foundations work to ensure their grantmaking dollars are meeting their foundation's mission, it's increasingly critical to move beyond evaluation of individual grantees programs to greater understanding of overall impact.  This program presents both emerging and established philosophies for assessing impact with examples from leaders in the field and time provided for questions and discussion.

Hear from:  Len Bartel, Program Officer II, Maine Health Access Foundation; Nicole Witherbee, Chief Program Officer, John T. Gorman Foundation; and Beth Miller, Director of Research and Evaluation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, then pose a question or share your own experience.

  • Free to Grantmaker Members of Maine Philanthropy Center
  • $40 for Non-members

Monday, November 3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
USM Glickman Family Library, 7th Floor Events Room
8:30 a.m. coffee and registration, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. lunch and table topics

Len Bartel joined MeHAF in September 2008 as a program officer after nearly 13 years as a development professional working for a variety of community-based organizations.  At MeHAF, Len directs the Foundation’s new priority area, Achieving Better Health in Communities, oversees additional community-based health improvement efforts, and is involved in emerging program-related investment work.  He also helps to shepherd MeHAF’s continued work in health information technology, knowledge management and learning, and represents MeHAF in a multi-funder and field-building organization effort to support nonprofit organizational assessment, development and sustainability.  Len is a past participant of The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity, and Smart Growth) Fellowship program. Len is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is an avid photographer, and lives with his wife and two sons in Lewiston.

Over the past 20 years, Beth Millerhas conducted influential research projects and policy analyses focused on bridging the worlds of research, policy and practice in education and out-of-school time.

Prior to joining the staff of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2008, Beth was the President of Miller-Midzik Research Associates (MMRA), and a Senior Research Advisor at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST), Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College.

Beth frequently presents at conferences and is quoted in national media. Her reports for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Critical Hours: Afterschool Programs and Educational Success and The Learning Season: The Untapped Power of Summer to Advance Student Achievement, have been widely disseminated.

Beth holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Before coming to the Foundation, Nicole Witherbee founded and managed a consulting firm where she helped clients with research, evaluation, and program design.

Her previous work experience also included analyzing federal budget impacts for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, directing policy for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, acting as the Interim Government Affairs Director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, tenant organizing for the Central Mass Housing Alliance, and lobbying for the Coalition to Preserve Affordable Housing.

Nicole taught Research Methods, Critical Thinking about Social Issues and Social Movements at the University of Southern Maine and Salem State. She also taught Public Policy and Research at Bates College. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is also on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Portland.

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