How it Works

Impact Audits: A rating tool that helps nonprofits improve and guides donors toward what matters most: impact.

During an impact audit, we work with nonprofits to:

Engage

ImpactMatters works with you and your funders to launch a new impact audit.

Study

Our analysts examine your operations and the evidence behind your programs.

Share

We publish a report, with your permission, for donors to understand your impact.

Improve

We deliver a set of recommendations about how to improve your operations and model.

How We Choose Nonprofits

Impact audits are funded in three ways:

Nonprofit funded

Validation

Nonprofits hire ImpactMatters for advice and a rigorous independent validation of the evidence of impact behind the nonprofit's programming.
Donor funded

In-kind support

Donors fund impact audits for nonprofits in their portfolio, to provide assistance with fundraising and advice on improving operations.
Donor funded

Vetting

Donors use impact audits as a tool for screening nonprofits for funding. Impact audits are a scaleable, cost-efficient alternative to in-house vetting.

Benefits of Impact Auditing

A credible rating for nonprofits

Nonprofits struggle to convince funders of their value. Funders struggle to differentiate between nonprofits. Impact audits solve both problems, creating a credible signal for nonprofits and their funders.

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Impact evaluation as a public good

Funders spend millions on research that largely goes unpublished. Funders can use their evaluation budget to support a public good through impact auditing.

Transparency Commitment

Expert guidance on how to use evidence

Our analysts work every day to understand how nonprofits can improve their use of evidence. We work closely with nonprofits to understand and improve their model and systems.

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Get an expert opinion on a nonprofit you care about.

We work with nonprofits and donors to conduct impact audits.