Mission Alignment & Unmet Need
The organization’s work and services align to Overdeck Family Foundation’s mission and a specific portfolio: Early Impact, Exceptional Educators, Innovative Schools, Inspired Minds, or Data for Action. Based on context, timing, and landscape, the organization or program addresses an area of market opportunity, failure, or inefficiency.
Testable Theory of Impact
The organization is willing to gather and analyze data to demonstrate its impact and make evidence-informed and cost-effective decisions to improve. When funding early-stage initiatives, we place a specific emphasis on developing and validating an evidence base to demonstrate impact, especially as an organization grows. For growth-stage organizations, we emphasize the ability to reach more program participants in a cost-effective way that does not sacrifice impact.
Potential to Scale
The organization aims to sustainably scale programs, practices, or models that are evidence-based, and is willing to build a strong evidence base before engaging in a growth plan. Early-stage organizations should show evidence of their potential to have significant reach and increasing impact, while growth-stage organizations should be ready for scale when they apply for funding.
The organization is led by a strong leadership team with a track record of success across programmatic and operational areas. We believe the leadership of an organization can have a profound impact on success, and encourage organizations to have a diverse leadership team and Board that represents their target populations.
Financial Health & Sustainability
The organization displays a history of a strong financial position, skilled fiscal management, a diverse funder base, and a deliberate path to long-term sustainability. Some financial expertise is present at a leadership or Board level.
The organization or research team has a desire to influence the field and contribute insights by developing new evidence, engaging in thought leadership, and/or publishing research.