Grantmakers have a critical role to play in strengthening the evaluative capacity and practice of nonprofits so that these organizations can, ultimately, maximize their learning and impact. While many nonprofits share the desire to become more data and outcome driven, few opportunities exist to help transform them into strong, data-driven organizations. In fact, nonprofits face fairly significant barriers that constrain their ability to advance their practice. In this session, grantmakers will make reality TV–inspired confessionals about the adoption of promising capacitybuilding initiatives, while grantees will offer candid reflections on the effect this has had on both the internal and the external barriers they face. This session will provide participants with concrete strategies for partnering with grantees to transform evaluative practice and culture, and a deeper understanding of the resources and relational investment required for both nonprofits and funders to undertake this work.
Her responsibilities include identifying candidates for PropelNext grants, managing the selection process, helping to craft the program, developing systems to measure grantee performance, managing a set of grantee relationships, and working with co-investors.In her previous position as Senior Portfolio Associate, Scaturro coordinated the quarterly performance review of all EMCF grantees, managed relations with select grantees, and helped identify and assess new candidates for investment. She initially served as the Foundation’s accountant for three years. Before joining EMCF in 2002, Scaturro worked in San Francisco for Catholic Charities and helped manage its public contracts. She also has experience providing direct services, having given employment and housing assistance to adults with mental illness. Scaturro earned her bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Baruch College, CUNY.
Mary Zanotti is the Associate Director of Colorado Youth for a Change (CYC). CYC, a non-profit organization, aims to solve the dropout crisis in Colorado through high school dropout outreach and recovery, educational intervention, and Futures Academy, a GED to post-secondary program. Mary started her career at CYC in 2009 and has served in a variety of roles including Director of Human Resources and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining CYC, Mary worked for eight years with homeless and runaway youth. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education.
Cindy Eby is the Senior Director of Evaluation with Mile High United Way. As part of this work, Cindy developed The Performance Collaborative, which is designed to improve the way non-profits use evaluation to inform their programs, learning, and decision making. She also worked to create Mobilize Mile High indicator set, a community indicator set to identify community needs and more efficiently target resources.
With over 17 years of experience in research, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-base programs, Cindy’s background includes Director of Program Quality for Nurse-Family Partnership, an nationally replicated evidence-based prevention program; senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy Research directing national health services research projects; and program management for the Government of Kenya and the European Union supporting micro-enterprise development in Kenya. Cindy holds a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Denver.
Kenzie Strong is the Senior Evaluator at Mile High United Way responsible for designing and implementing the Performance Collaborative, a comprehensive evaluation capacity building initiative. She has spent that past 13 years developing, implementing, and evaluating programs on a local, national and global level. She lived in remote communities in the Arctic, the Pacific, and in Uganda, while teaching and directing a variety of formal and non-formal education programs. She has led program evaluation, strategic planning, and capacity building initiatives, while working for a wide variety of non-profit and government agencies, including: Mile High United Way, Right To Play International, Save the Children USA, ActionAid International, and the Ministry of Education in the Marshall Islands. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and Bachelors in Finance from the University of Colorado.