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Capacity Building

Capacity Building: Foundation to Foundation

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Foundations regularly provide capacity building support to nonprofit organizations, but it’s less typical for foundations to support the growth and capabilities of fellow funders. The Kirkpatrick Foundation’s relatively modest grant support of $12,500 gave the smaller Southwestern Urban Foundation the ability to redefine its direction and mission, develop a strategic plan, and communicate about their grantmaking.

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The Power of Investing in Nonprofit Capacity

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Nonprofit capacity building is more important than ever. How nonprofits work today and in the future is vital to their sustainability. Hear from two foundation funders who have made capacity investments in their grantees and from a nonprofit consultant who works to build the capacity of nonprofits. Together they will discuss how we can collectively address capacity constraints such as financial instability, disengaged boards, lack of funding for professional development, and the need for long-term planning. Session Objectives: • Understand capacity investments and why foundations should make capacity investments in their grantees • Learn how to evaluate a grantee’s readiness • Learn how to go about the work of funding capacity investments Presenters: Nell Edgington, President, Social Velocity, Austin, TX; Darryl Tocker, Executive Director, Tocker Foundation, Austin, TX; Ellen Solowey, Program Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Phoenix, AZ

Cracking the Network Code: Impact through Empowerment

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These are handouts and resources from the educational program offering, Cracking the Network Code: Impact through Empowerment. The program was co-sponsored with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) on September 23, 2014 and was held at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Summary of the program: As grantmakers and nonprofits look for ways to collaborate more effectively, many are experimenting working with and through networks to achieve greater impact. Since networks are generally loosely controlled, understanding how to effectively support them can be a task...

Investing in Change: The Funders Role in Moving Beyond the Overhead Myth

Sep 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014 -
12:00pm to 3:30pm
Austin, TX

Philanthropy Southwest, together with the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, are pleased to bring together regional and national funders for an important peer-to-peer discussion on what it takes to create successful, sustainable programs that make

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