What We Do

Overview of Services:

The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Reseach (Caster Center) conducts custom fee-for-service research and consulting for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on a wide range of projects, including:

  • - Program evaluations (process and outcomes)
  • - Needs assessments
  • - Asset mapping
  • - Effective grantmaking
  • - Secondary research
  • - Custom quantitative and qualitative research tailored to meet client partner needs

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Caster Center is to provide research, evaluation and consulting services that help build the capacity of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

Please contact Dr. Mary Jo Schumann at (619) 260-7649 or e-mail mjschumann@sandiego.edu for further information on our research, evaluation, and consulting services.

"The work that San Diego Grantmakers commissioned from the Caster Center has been extremely helpful in our goal to benchmark, grow and strengthen organized philanthropy in the region. We are fortunate to have the Caster Center as a resource for relevant applied research that supports the development of an informed and innovative San Diego nonprofit sector."

~Nancy Jamison, Executive Director, San Diego Grantmakers