Measuring Your Impact

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How do you define and measure your impact in a consistent and powerful way? Finding the right tool and practice for your foundation’s unique needs can be complex but the right tools and resources can make the work manageable. Watch this webinar to learn about promising impact measurement practices and tools to help advance your foundation’s and community’s practice.


Liz Gordillo, program manager, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Liz is a program manager at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy. She is responsible for managing, researching, and consulting on a portfolio of projects for grantmakers and donors. She previously worked at the Ruth Mott Foundation as a Learning Officer and at the Johnson Center as a graduate assistant, research coordinator, and research manager within the Community Research Institute. Liz earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry with an emphasis on education and a minor in physics from Western Michigan University, and her master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Organizational Analysis at Western Michigan University. She is passionate about working alongside foundations, nonprofits, and communities to identify, collect, own, and use data to advocate for community-identified changes.

Melissa Kesterson, former program officer, Midland Area Community Foundation

Melissa joined MACF in June of 2015. She graduated from Southern Illinois University and received her Master of Science from Central Michigan University in 2017 with a focus area of fundraising and development. She has also completed a certification from University of Pennsylvania in Applied Positive Psychology. In her time at MACF, Melissa propelled the Cultural Awareness Coalition and Violence Prevention Partnership to new engagement. She was responsible for managing the community foundation’s grantmaking process as well as several community projects and was instrumental in incorporating an evaluation and focus area strategy to grant making and throughout the foundation.

Sharon Mortensen, president and CEO, Midland Area Community Foundation

Sharon is president/CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation, a position she's had since June 2012. She’s responsible to help carry out the Community Foundation’s mission of providing philanthropic leadership to strengthen the community by fostering collaboration and giving. The Community Foundation works to enrich the quality of life for all who live in the Midland area and oversees two affiliates in neighboring counties. Sharon has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. Under her leadership, the foundation conducted a County-wide needs assessment, established a grants program to address those needs, celebrated its 45th anniversary, established new funds and giving circles, started a career and college access network to encourage 1st generation and economically disadvantaged students to complete post-secondary training, engaged in a project to measure impact, started impact investing and initiated a preschool “scholarship” program to help young learners.


CMF Members: $35.00
Nonmembers: $50.00

Hosted by Council of Michigan Foundations and originally published September 18, 2019

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