GRANTEE HEALTH CHECK
HELPING YOUR GRANTEES TO DELIVER GREATER IMPACT
We offer a “health-check” service that provides an in-depth independent assessment of your grantees. We assess their successes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.
It usually takes us 10-15 days (spread out over 1-2 months) to produce the final report. Our health-checks are based on a series of interviews with key staff and stakeholders conducted during a 2-3 day field trip, as well as desk-work from our consultants. Our approach is based on our Just Cause “Excellence Framework”– a non-profit health-check tool that we originally developed in 2015.
We place a strong focus on ensuring that the process is beneficial for the grantee itself – and that the assessment is conducted in a way that is sensitive, non-threatening and minimises burden on frontline staff.
CASE STUDY: MANAN TRUST
Just Cause worked with Manan Trust, the philanthropic arm of First State Stewart Asia, to produce an independent overview of one of their grantees in Indonesia.
We conducted a two-day site visit and held interviews with local community members, as well as the organisation's senior management, staff, volunteers and partners. This was complemented by a desk review of relevant documents, such as the organisation's financial statements.
Our final report set out a holistic review of the organisation's strengths, impact and opportunities, structured according to our Excellence Framework. We concluded with ten practical recommendations to help the organisation further grow and improve.
“A hugely successful exercise which provided us exactly the kind of analysis we were looking for – feedback that we just could not have garnered on our own. The methodology made huge amounts of sense; Just Cause was approachable and easy to work with; and we all appreciated how readable the report was.”
Amanda Clarke, Executive Director
OUR EXCELLENCE FRAMEWORK
We developed our “Excellence Framework” in 2015 through an extensive review of non-profit quality and due diligence standards from around the world, plus wide-ranging input from sector experts in Singapore. We piloted our framework with a set of local charities and then refined our approach based on the feedback and lessons learned.
The Excellence Framework covers core domains including impact, finance, governance and reputation. Our methodology for data collection involves: a site visit; interviews and focus groups with local community members, partners, senior management, staff and volunteers; a staff survey; a Board survey; and a review of relevant documents.