Culture of Philanthopy Evaluation - COPE ®

What is COPE®?

COPE® (an acronym for Culture of Philanthropy Evaluation®), is Demont Associates' assessment tool used to evaluate a nonprofit organization's current “culture of philanthropy."

Why would a not-for-profit organization take the assessment?

COPE® will help any not-for-profit organization to: 1) establish a baseline reference point from which to achieve measurable standards of development performance over time; 2) identify specific areas for philanthropic improvement; 3) identify and celebrate/reward successful development achievement of the organization's staff/ Board; 4) inform the Board and staff on priorities and fundraising best practices to achieve greater philanthropic success; or 5) comprehensively assess its preparedness for a major gifts initiative, a campaign, or intensive effort to dramatically increase philanthropic support.

How was COPE® developed?

Through the extensive comprehensive experience over three decades from Demont service to a full mix of educational, cultural, youth development, faith-based, health, environmental, and social service not-for-profit institutions in the Northeastern United States. In 2010, Demont developed its COPE® tool and began offering to non-for-profit organizations committed to building a culture of philanthropy over time.

How is COPE® conducted?

Demont facilitates a confidential survey to be completed by Board and administrative staff members of the organization who know the institution best. The survey takes 8-10 minutes to complete.  Demont Associates tabulates the responses and provides a written analysis and executive summary, including scores for the organization.

Do you recommend a minimum number of survey participants for COPE®?

Generally, a minimum of 25 participants helps to ensure an accurate assessment of the organization’s “culture.”

Why do you depend upon our staff, Board, and closest supporters to evaluate the institution’s culture of philanthropy? Wouldn’t an expert know how to truly evaluate us?

An expert might complete a great professional report. However, experience has shown that having the leaders of the organization own the process, discover the answers and learn from engagement leads not only to equally valid and relevant conclusions but more important to the impetus for action to improve the culture of philanthropy. A consultant, working with the institutions leaders, can provide perspective, best practices, and objectivity which can lead to an effective partnership.

How much does the assessment cost?

The fee ranges from $1,500 to $4,000+, depending upon the number of participants and the post-assessment deliverables—which can be as lean as an emailed scoring tabulation or as detailed as an in-person presentation, complete with conclusions and priority recommendations tailored to your organization. A "typical" COPE® with 25 participants and a post-assessment phone call/Zoom with Demont staff to review the results costs around $2,500.

Is this service available through the Demont Difference Fund?

Yes, it is offered by special invitation to youth (including camps) and conservation organizations.

How do we get started?

Contact us at or call the Demont Associates office at 207-773-3030, x1.