Building a Community of Data-Driven Nonprofits:

How the Foglia Family Foundation is empowering nonprofits with access to impact measurement in order to create sustainable change in Chicago

The Foglia Family Foundation has built a strong culture of innovation across their nonprofit grantees by empowering them with access to data analytics tools and capacity-building learning experiences, ultimately allowing them to have a greater impact on the Chicagoland area.
“Our organization has understood the need for data for a few years now. Working with UpMetrics has only solidified that belief as well as encouraged us to act on it."
- Julie Pimm, Development Manager at Reading in Motion (Foglia Family Foundation Cohort Grantee)

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Challenges before UpMetrics

  • Streamlining data collection across nonprofit grantees.
  • Reducing the reporting burden on grantees.
  • Build capacity around data analytics and fundraising to create more sustainable organizations.
  • Understanding the collective impact of the Foundation’s investments across their portfolio of grantees.
  • Clarity around what kind of data they needed to capture in order to advance their own work.


After Engaging with UpMetrics

  • Understanding of the metrics for success that align most with their theory of change as well as a plan to collect the appropriate data.
  • The Foundation and its grantees can store, visualize, interpret, and share data from one centralized location.
  • Customized dashboards measure impact and track progress towards goals over time.
  • Grantees spend less time reporting and more time learning – and turning key learnings into new ideas that can accelerate impact.

"The opportunity to make an immediate impact for these fantastic organizations by providing them with tools, while also helping them to become more financially sustainable in the long run, was very exciting to our team.

Working with UpMetrics has made the process of becoming data driven seamless. We are excited to continue our work together as we work to build capacity for nonprofits in the Chicagoland area."

- Ann Schirk, Foundation Administrator, Foglia Family Foundation