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The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) seeks to influence foundations and major donors to be more effective.

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Foundations and major donors can take on pressing challenges that have defied government and business solutions. But being effective in this work is uniquely challenging.

To make every dollar count, foundations and major donors need to continually assess their performance, learn from data and exemplars, and adapt their practices in ways that are consistent with effectiveness.

That’s where CEP comes in.


CEP’S Mission

Founded in 2001, CEP is a nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders. CEP’s mission is to provide data and create insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness — and as a result, their intended impact. This mission is driven by the belief that more effective philanthropic funders can have a profoundly positive impact on nonprofit organizations and the people and communities they serve.

Our belief is that when philanthropic funders use CEP’s resources and insights, they can better understand their work and more effectively support the leaders and organizations working toward meaningful change.

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CEP’s Culture

Our working culture document represents what we believe to be CEP’s culture today and the culture we intend to foster going forward.

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CEP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vision

We are committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment, where all feel welcomed to be authentic and contribute fully.

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What It’s Like to Work at CEP

Former staff share about their time at CEP and how their experiences contributed to their professional growth.

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