What are Donor Evaluation Methods for Nonprofits?

Evaluation methods allow the donor a way to know if you’ve achieved your goals and objectives.

The three main types of evaluation methods that can be used for a nonprofit program or project:

  • Goal based – if objectives have been achieved
  • Process based – analyze strengths and weaknesses
  • Outcomes based – examine broader impacts and greater good

The article lists some potential methods that can be used to evaluate the success of your project or program:


  • Pre and Post Test
  • Test Against Control Groups


  • Attendance
  • Completion
  • Certificates
  • Follow-On Tracking

Data Collection

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Interviews
  • Checklists
  • Feedback forms

Financial Reports

  • Cost to budget
  • Cost per unit of service
  • On time on budget


  • Grades
  • Graduation
  • Drop in recidivism
  • Job placement
  • Permits, inspections, certifications

Subjective (Qualitative)

  • Journals
  • Testimonials
  • Observations
  • Photographs
  • Clippings

Read the entire article at https://fundingforgood.org/what-are-evaluation-methods/