“For any funder who wants to prove that a grant made a positive impact, and for grantees who want to show results, a grant’s short timeframe can feel more like a burden than a useful constraint. True measurement of impact takes time—often years, usually well after the grant has closed—before a project’s impact becomes evident.

However, foundation and nonprofit boards are growing more accustomed to the idea that change takes time, and that measurement will have to continue beyond the end of a grant period. This was the case when the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) made a grant in 2011 to New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) to expand its work on environmental health and New York City public school siting.”
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