Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT)

Our due diligence process includes an organizational self-assessment that provides organizations selected as finalists with a detailed picture of their capacity to produce social value and create better outcomes for the children they serve.

The Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) produced by Algorhythm is a reliable self-assessment that yields valuable information to guide organizations in their ongoing efforts to improve program quality and effectiveness. The Foundation uses this tool as part of our due diligence process and to assess the effectiveness of our capacity-building investments over time to strengthen organizational outcomes.

Although the Tauck Family Foundation uses the iCAT in its selection process, we do not expect that all applying organizations will score highly on every question of the self-assessment, or, more globally, on all of the performance domains and corresponding indicators. Instead, we intend to tailor our capacity building support to facilitate each investee's development in ways that address their particular strengths and needs organizationally. The iCAT helps to bring these strengths and needs to light.

Applicants selected for due diligence will receive more information from the Foundation on completing the iCAT.  Please note that the Foundation will initiate the self-assessment and cover any fees associated with completing the assessment. 

However, because we believe this self-assessment could serve as a helpful management tool for non-profit organizations interested in developing their capacity for outcomes management, we encourage organizations that are not selected as part of our portfolio, as well as those that are not within our current programmatic or geographic scope, to explore using the tool.