Barr's ongoing efforts to improve how we work, in response to grantee feedback.

At the Barr Foundation, we aim for excellence in every facet of our work. How we do our work is just as important as what we do. In 2017, Barr participated in the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP)’s Grantee Perception Report (GPR). This area of our website shares the feedback we have received in our most recent grantee survey, the steps we have committed to take, and updates on our progress in real-time.

What we Heard in 2017

Our Response

We know our effectiveness depends on quality relationships. Based on the feedback we received, we are working to improve the experience of our grantees, with a particular focus on investing our time in strengthening relationships with our partners.

Application Process

  • Summer 2018: Barr Foundation staff experienced a simulated grant application process in order to better understand what we ask grantseekers to do, where the process adds value, and where it can be streamlined.
  • Ongoing: A subset of Barr staff formed a process redesign working group and are working to improve current processes and systems with a more empathetic focus on the grantee experience.

Reporting Process

  • Ongoing: We are working to make our proposal and reporting processes more flexible and responsive to our partners' workflow and needs.

Learning and Evaluation

  • Spring 2018: We launched a new Impact & Learning section of our website, complete with a knowledge center and updates on our ongoing evaluations.


  • Ongoing: We are rethinking the way we communicate with our grantees, with a renewed focus on communicating our expectations clearly during every phase of the relationship.
  • Ongoing: We are working to clarify, on our website and through conversations with grantees, the goals of our strategies, how our grants align with those strategies, and how our grantees' work relates to other organizations we support.

Past Feedback

2017 marks our third time participating in the GPR survey. Below, explore grantee feedback from the past ten years.

Share your Feedback with Us

We don't want to wait for another GPR survey to hear from our partners. Sharing timely feedback is key to improving the way we work and our partners' experience. Share your feedback with us by sending an email to feedback[at] For current partners or grant-seekers, we encourage you to submit feedback about our grantmaking process.