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News: Southeast Asia Grantee Perception Survey


​​December 14, 2012 - McKnight releases executive summary of the recently completed Philanthropic Initiative's survey of grantees in our Southeast Asia focus area.

In 2011, The McKnight Foundation engaged The Philanthropic Initiative, Inc. (TPI), to conduct an independent evaluation of the Foundation's Southeast Asia grantmaking focus area. The framework for the assessment is one of grantee perceptions. McKnight asked TPI to gather grantee perceptions in four areas: the application and proposal process, the reporting process, the quality and effectiveness of the relationship between the grantees and the Foundation, and program impact. The key findings from the evaluation are reported below, organized around these four categories.

For nearly 30 years McKnight has supported the people and communities of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Originating with an initial grant of $10,000 in 1983 to provide basic health care to refugees living in camps on the Thai-Cambodia border, the program has continuously sought to improve the lives of the region’s most vulnerable populations – among them refugees, landmine victims, ethnic minorities, exploited women and girls, and other marginalized communities. Over the years the Southeast Asia grantmaking focus area has grown substantially and adapted to the changing needs and challenges of the regional population, shaped by its evolving political, socioeconomic, and environmental conditions.

McKnight's Southeast Asia funding currently totals approximately $2 million in grants annually, and has invested more than $23 million in the region since the program’s inception. While grantmaking strategies have changed with the region’s most pressing needs – moving from the provision of basic services to integrated development programs to rights-based advocacy work – the Foundation’s commitment to the region’s at-risk populations has been steadfast.

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2011 Southeast Asia Grantee Perception Survey - Executive Summary (PDF, 810 KB)