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Resources from Innovations in Nonprofit Capacity Building with a Regional Approach

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06/2018
How can foundations address the targeted capacity building needs of nonprofits, at scale, throughout a region? The San Francisco Foundation and The East Bay Community Foundation are mobilizing resources and acting as catalysts for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. As a part of this work, they are building regional collaboratives that focus on nonprofit sustainability in innovative new ways. in a June 26 program, they shared their vision to think innovatively and in partnership with other foundations to achieve their goal of greater racial...
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Resources from Crack the Capacity Building Nut: Fresh Breakthroughs from Chicago

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11/2017
At this program, attendees participated in a lively discussion to find out why it’s been so hard to help grantees do their work better and what funders can do differently to get it right. Experts offered successful regional models, current trends, and best practices for funders, nonprofits, and consultants to successfully support nonprofit capacity in all aspects of their work. We dug deep into these learnings and explored our region’s needs, capacity, and how we can better support the nonprofit sector.
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Census 2020: Uniting for a Common Cause | 10/18/2018

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10/2017
The Census happens just once every 10 years but its outcomes have serious ramifications. In our October 18 program, we heard from an expert panel of speakers who shared insight on all things Census.
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Resources from California Philanthropy’s Role in Making the Federal Government Work For All

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09/2017
In our program on September 19 (California Philanthropy’s Role in Making the Federal Government Work For All), Max Stier, President and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, and Barbara Kibbe, Director of Organizational Effectiveness at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, engaged in a Q&A about the Partnership’s observations on current dynamics in the federal government, as well as its emerging effort to help government connect with, and learn from, the dynamism and innovative thinking in California.
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Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

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02/2015
This GrantCraft guide tackles many topics, including investment approaches, appraisal of funding opportunities from the standpoints of opportunity assessment and funder capacity, funder-grantee power dynamics, and assessing impact.
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Resources from Beyond the Grant: Building Capacity of Your Nonprofit Grantees Through Pro-Bono

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10/2014
As part of Global Pro Bono Week, NCG is partnered with the Taproot Foundation to present a special program on how funders can support their grantees' work by providing much-needed pro-bono services.
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Resource from Building the Bench: How Philanthropy Can Sustain Nonprofit Leaders

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10/2014
This interactive briefing, co-sponsored by Northern California Grantmakers and Bay Area Justice Funders Network, provided a three-way look at how the leadership bench is being built. Research from Rusty Stahl of Talent Philanthropy and Margi Clarke of RoadMap Consulting grounded our conversation as we examined how funders support and build internal benches of leadership within social justice organizations, as well as looked at what organizations are doing internally to sustain themselves for the long haul.
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Supporting Nonprofit Capacity: Three Principles for Grantmakers

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12/2013
When Grantmakers for Effective Organizations traveled cross-country to meet with funders and nonprofits and learn more about their capacity-building experiences, the effort led to their development of an approach to capacity building that may help grantmakers be better positioned to support nonprofits in achieving lasting impact.
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UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising

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01/2013
A joint project of CompassPoint and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund , UnderDeveloped: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising reveals that many nonprofits are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. The report found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study reveals deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund...

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