"Visiting the organisations and hearing them talk about their work is humbling and inspiring all at the same time."Greenfields Community Housing
Essex Community Foundation recognises the importance of demonstrating the difference we make. We do this in a number of ways and have found that by balancing formal independent evaluations of our grantmaking programmes with the stories and information we receive from our grant applicants and our fundholders, we are able to show how we are achieving our mission of inspiring philanthropy in Essex.
We use various tools to understand the county's needs including, independent surveys, panels of local residents, evaluations and national statistical databases to underpin our work and to understand the needs and strengths of local communities. Sometimes the richest source of information comes from our conversations with grant applicants.