Simply put, a logic model is a systematic, visual way to present a plan with its underlying assumptions and theoretical framework. It helps a foundation ask “What impact do we want to have on the community?” Then you work backwards to gure out what kind of activities need to take place, what kinds of projects need to be supported in order to have that outcome and impact. A logic model can tell an organization’s story and why the organization exists.

The KDK-Harman Foundation, with assets of approximately $20 million, believes strongly in the value of logic models. They not only use the model for their own work, but also ask each grantee to develop one—and then help them do it. Grantees find the practice makes it easier to plan, implement, evaluate, and communicate their programs.

This Passages will help you understand how to incorporate logic models in your own decision making process by following the example of how one foundation uses this practice both in its overall strategy and daily activities.

Read the full article about logic models by Erica V. Ekwurzel at the National Center for Family Philanthropy.