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What Does Capacity Building Mean to You?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GrantCraft asked 30 foundation and nonprofit staff “What image comes to mind when you think of capacity building?” and the results were telling—few were alike.

If 30 individuals had 30 distinct ideas about what capacity building is, then it’s easy to understand why there are so many ways that foundations approach capacity-building work.

GrantCraft’s New Guide

GrantCraft’s new guide Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together isn’t designed to endorse one approach over another. Rather, it shares “a breadth of real funder and grantee experiences so foundations can determine what works best for their specific missions and cultures of practice.”

Through examples from foundations ranging in size, mission, and geography, we explore various strategies for capacity building and the types of awareness that funders can choose to incorporate in decision making to facilitate informed, thoughtful judgments about strengthening organizations.

Upcoming Capacity Building Program

On April 29th you can join the Foundation Center for the upcoming program Capacity Building for Greater Good which will take funders on a journey to build strategic capacity, as well as build the capacity of grantees.

The program includes a demo of the new Foundation Maps 2.0 by Foundation Center Vice President for Strategic Philanthropy Lisa Philp which will demonstrate how data can inspire smarter learning and decision making.

Following the demo GrantCraft Director Jen Bokoff and David and Lucille Packard Foundation Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Director Kathy Reich will discuss aspects of Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together to explore how foundations can be thoughtful about capacity building investments with grantees.

Learn More

Join your peers on April 29th for the Foundation Center’s program on capacity building.

Read Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together online.