GOS Assessment Resources

A Lasting Commitment to Silicon Valley’s Nonprofit Sector reinforces the notion that GOS funds help fund critical organizational needs, while also supporting the idea that providing unrestricted funding promotes candid conversations between nonprofits and funders about the real cost of managing projects and providing services.

The report has many broad implications for the nonprofit sector as a whole, and demonstrates that through multi-year GOS grants, funders can support the well-being and growth of the nonprofit sector.

We hope grantees and funders alike will use the report – its data, case studies, and findings – to facilitate conversations and decision-making regarding GOS funding. Please feel free to use the materials below and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions:

Kenji Treanor, Director of Strategic Grantmaking

Maggie Hobstetter, Senior Program Officer of Impact and Learning

Jazmin Gonzalez, Essential Human Services (GOS grants) Program Officer


Full Report: The full text of the report in a PDF format, including methodology and appendices.

Executive Summary: This six page document summarizes the hard data and interviews included in the report, field observations and analysis/take-aways.

Methodology: This PDF includes full details of Harder+Company’s methodology, which included review and analysis of over ten years’ worth of grant and organizational data; interviews with 40 individuals representing a select group of GOS grantee organizations (n=17), and conversations with several peer funders and local stakeholders (n=9). 

Summary Deck: This is a downloadable PDF of the deck used during our June 2018 GOS Grantee Webinar. 

Case Studies

The report includes five “Spotlights” on grantee organizations, providing additional insight into the value of GOS within the context of the unique characteristics and trajectories of each agency. Click the links below to download PDFs of these grantee case studies:

Case Study: Fast Growth Organizations

Some of Sobrato’s GOS grantees have grown substantially in a relatively short period of time for a number of different reasons. This spotlight presents perspectives on GOS from “fast-growth” agencies. Download the PDF.

Case Study: Safety Net Organizations

This spotlight synthesizes perspectives on Silicon Valley communities in need, navigating the funding landscape, and use of GOS grants from safety net organizations. Download the PDF.

Case Study: Expansion

Sobrato GOS grantee St. Joseph’s Family Center shares how GOS funds have supported the agency’s growth, and how GOS funds have been used for diverse needs. Download the PDF.

Case Study: Sustainability

Sobrato GOS grantee Friends for Youth reflects on GOS and sustainability, fundraising,
and holistic support. Download the PDF.

Case Study: Capacity Building

Sobrato GOS grantee Somos Mayfair shares the impact unrestricted dollars have had on the organization’s growth and internal capacity. Download the PDF.

Research Partner

Harder+Company Community Research works with public- and social-sector organizations across the United States to learn about their impact and sharpen their strategies to advance social change. Since 1986, our data-driven, culturally-responsive approach has helped hundreds of organizations contribute to positive social impact for vulnerable communities. Learn more at www.harderco.com.