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Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

Publication date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, GrantCraft looks at how funders approach building capacity with grantees. 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. 

Capacity building carries many meanings in the foundation world, let alone the larger social sector. When GrantCraft asked 30-plus foundation and nonprofit staff, “What image comes to mind when you think about capacity building?” each drew a picture and few were alike. Compound these 30 different sensibilities with the thousands of foundations around the world that each have their own missions, theories of change, and staff with different images of capacity building, and you can see why there are so many ways in which foundations approach capacity-building work.

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