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"What Does the Data Say?"

Together with Leap of Reason, we are launching a series of videos sharing real-world lessons, as recounted by PropelNext grantee CEOs, about how they led their organizations to achieve greater impact and higher performance by using data and rigorous performance management systems.  

Announcing Our Growth Capital Aggregation Pilot

As 2007 draws to a close, I would like to share with you some exciting developments in the evolution of the Foundation’s work. This year we began to experiment with an innovative approach to raising and aggregating large amounts of growth capital up-front to support the dramatic expansion and...

Our Next Chapter

With a deep desire to improve the lives of many more disadvantaged children and youth, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's trustees have decided to "sunset" the Foundation and spend all of its resources (approximately $1 billion) over the next decade.

"The Courage to Change"

Addressing a conference, After the Leap: Building a Performance Management Culture, EMCF President Nancy Roob argues that a piecemeal approach cannot solve major social problems.

Remembering Peter Bell

Peter D. Bell, who served as president of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation from 1986-1995, passed away on April 4, 2014. 

Charting a Path for Growth

The board of trustees of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation has approved investments of up to $42 million over three years in nine outstanding organizations....

Economic Crisis and Philanthropic Opportunities

It will come as no surprise that the recession is affecting the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and our grantees, as it is everyone. How long the economic crisis will last, whether it will worsen, and what will be the ultimate consequences for the Foundation’s strategy and the work of our grantees...

Preparing for Growth in Turbulent Times

These are challenging times for nonprofits and the vulnerable populations many of them serve. A Nonprofit Finance Fund survey of more than 1,100 nonprofit leaders found that almost a third of their organizations operated at a deficit in 2008. 

Making the Most of the Future

While economists debate whether the recession has ended or still lingers on, nearly everyone agrees that our recovery will be long and slow. For many nonprofits and the vulnerable populations they serve, the light at the end of tunnel is a long way off. 

An Unprecedented Opportunity

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation launches an open and competitive search and selection process to identify and advance 8-10 high-performing, youth-serving organizations in our new role as an intermediary for the Social Innovation Fund.


EMCF's Communications Advisory Committee provides expert independent advice about how best to articulate and promote the work of the Foundation and its grantees. Formed in 2010, this panel of nationally respected experts in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising...

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