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October 2007Vol. 8, No. 9Funding for Sustainability

Private funding sources, including foundations and corporations, increasingly emphasize program sustainability when making funding decisions. To help foundation leaders and donors assess the potential sustainability of their grantees, the Finance Project developed an assessment tool that funders can rely on when funding innovative, long-term projects. The assessment tool includes different criteria for evaluating the vision, performance, community support, outreach strategy, resource use, internal system, and adaptability of the organizations seeking funds.

Investing in the Sustainability of Youth Programs: An Investment Tool for Funders, by Barbara Hanson Langford, is available on the Finance Project website: (PDF - 1,969 KB)