EIN 04-3523528

Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

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CEP’s mission is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness – and, as a result, their intended impact.
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Program areas at CEP

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (cep) pursues its mission through assessment and advisory services, research, its youthtruth initiative, and programming and external relations activities such as webinars and in-person programs and our blog. In 2022, cep conducted research on how foundations are engaging with climate change. Among The findings from our research report much alarm, less action: foundations and climate change, were that "despite foundation leaders' concerns about climate change, foundation efforts to address climate change are relatively limited - in terms of grant dollars and investment practices - and are also seen as limited in effectiveness." Another cep research study undertaken in 2022 focused on The impact of large, unrestricted gifts, tracking The impact of mackenzie scott's giving on recipient organizations. We released The first report in this three-year study in late 2022, entitled, giving big: The impact of large, unrestricted gifts on nonprofits. The report discusses The effect of The gifts as well as how The money is being spent by recipient organizations. Cep delivered 126 assessment and advisory services engagements to foundations and grantmakers in 2022, including The grantee perception report (gpr), The applicant perception report (apr), The staff perception report (spr), The donor perception report (dpr), and custom advisory projects. These assessments help funders hear from crucial constituencies and improve their effectiveness.cep continued our work on The youthtruth project, gathering comparative feedback from hundreds of thousands of students as well as families and staff about their school experiences; creating online interactive reports for school and district administrators; and providing follow-up advisory support. In 2022, youthtruth fielded 2,700 surveys across more than 1,100 schools and shared findings from its aggregate dataset on a range of key topics, such as seniors' postsecondary plans and students' emotional and mental health. Cep produced a third season of The giving done right podcast that saw The greatest number of downloads yet. Cep also hosted virtual events on topics related to cep research that were widely attended and continue to be a resource in The sector. In addition, staff engaged cep's audience and expanded The organization's reach through biweekly blogs, a monthly newsletter, commentary in mainstream and industry press, and through social media channels.

Who funds Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationK-12 Education$1,168,757
The Ford FoundationGeneral Support and Project Support for Research on the Effects of Large, Multi-Year Gifts on Nonprofits$525,000
William and Flora Hewlett FoundationFor General Operating Support$500,000
...and 50 more grants received totalling $5,876,668

Personnel at CEP

Rihab BabikerVice President , Finance and Operations , Treasurer$196,114
Grace NicoletteVice President , Programming and External Relations$153,995
Alyse D'AmicoVice President , People and Culture$140,374
Ellie ButeauVice President , Research$189,360
Jennifer WilkaExecutive Director , Youthtruth$218,178
...and 19 more key personnel

Financials for CEP

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$6,662,528
Program services$6,899,181
Investment income and dividends$152,945
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$4,491
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$13,719,145

Form 990s for CEP

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-08-02990View PDF
2021-122022-07-21990View PDF
2020-122021-07-08990View PDF
2019-122020-08-10990View PDF
2018-122019-08-17990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Data update history
January 3, 2024
Received grants
Identified 40 new grant, including a grant for $1,168,757 from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
October 22, 2023
Received grants
Identified 5 new grant, including a grant for $275,000 from Carnegie Corporation of New York
October 2, 2023
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
October 1, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
September 25, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
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General information
675 Massachusetts Ave 7
Cambridge, MA 02139
Metro area
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
Website URL
(617) 492-0800
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
T02: Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations Management and Technical Assistance
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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