Philanthropy & Foundations

We work closely with philanthropic organizations and foundations to assist them in examining both the implementation of processes and the outcomes associated with their initiatives. We collaborate with our clients to determine the extent to which funded programs and strategies have made significant impacts on individuals and communities. Our projects have been influential on initiatives at local, regional, national, and international levels. Some of our projects have included:

  • Evaluations of grantees
  • Evaluations of short-term & long-term strategic initiatives
  • Participant & stakeholder surveys
  • Donor & member surveys
  • Technical assistance & evaluation capacity for grantees & foundation staff

We have the experience and expertise required to collaborate with various stakeholders, including staff, Board members, grantees, and clients. Our findings are used to maximize the effectiveness of grantmaking by identifying key areas necessary for improvement and evaluating both the intended and unintended impacts of funded projects.

Expert Spotlight



Harold co-founded Vital Research in 1982 because he wanted his research to make a difference in the lives of others. You will appreciate the commitment, dedication, and collaboration that go into each of his research, evaluation, and survey projects. Harold is a specialist in study design, survey development, psychometrics and statistical analysis, and large-scale data tracking and management. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with an emphasis in research methods and statistics; he has expertise in numerous statistical programming and business analytics software tools. He strives to take complex data and translate them into actionable findings that his clients can use to transform the lives of the people they serve.