Three years after the launch of the global C&A Foundation, we have taken a step back to reflect on the progress we've made, the challenges we've faced, and the lessons that will help us be more effective.
At the end of 2016, we commissioned the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to carry out our first “Grantee Perception Survey". The survey collected feedback from around 47 of our partners, highlighting both the positive aspects of working with C&A Foundation as well as areas for improvement and in some cases, significantly improve.
On a positive note, the results showed that our partners recognise that C&A Foundation is establishing credibility in driving transformative change in the global apparel industry. A significant proportion of partners (over one in four) reported receiving intensive non-monetary assistance, which they appreciated. As a result, they rated the foundation higher than typical on many other measures in the survey, such as our perceived impact on their fields, communities, and organisations.
However, we also saw a lot of room for improvement. The results clearly show that our first few years of operating as a global foundation have not always been easy on our partners, particularly as we have been developing our processes and strategy. Reflecting on the results, we have identified two priorities for improvement:
We are grateful for this opportunity to pause and reflect on our first few years, which was only possible with the sincere feedback of our partners.
This first report is our baseline, and we are committed to making improvements so that together with our partners, we can achieve our shared goal of a global apparel industry in which everyone can thrive.
Read the full report here
Read the summarry of key findings here