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Theory of Change

We also created our first theory of change to help us understand how best to fulfill our mission of addressing the root causes of poverty inthe Bay Area. In creating a theory of change, we:

  • Rediscovered how crucial our relationships with Episcopal congregations continue to be, we 

  • Determined that our impact would be increased through larger, targeted grants, and we 

  • Determined that our granting should focus on disrupting intergenerational poverty by granting primarily to organizations that serve children,youth and those who take care of them. 


Here is a representation of our Theory of Change:

Theory of Change

3-Year Milestone

  • Match grant-making strategy to our expertise, resources and mission 

  • Reframe, strengthen and leverage relationships with congregations 

  • Support congregations’ efforts to increase the supply of affordable housing in their communities 

  • Deepen engagement with existing donors and engage a new generation of donors in Episcopal Impact Fund’s work 

Shorter-Term Outcomes

  • Episcopal Impact Fund strategically invests in high-impact Bay Area nonprofits that address the root causes of poverty 

  • Faith communities share more of their talent, treasure and time to help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in the Bay Area 

  • New and emerging nonprofits with diverse leadership have greater capacity to meet the needs of their Bay Area communities

Long-Term Outcomes

  • Families meet their basic needs for safe and affordable housing, nutritious food and medical care

  • Parents and caregivers have knowledge, skills and supports to provide for their families

  • Children have opportunities to develop and learn; preparing them to succeed in school and in life

  • Communities are safe, supportive and healthy


Children in the Bay Area— regardless of income, race or zip code—grow up nurtured by healthy communities that are rich with opportunity

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