The Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC) is a group of 10 funders committed to supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector. After making aligned and shared investments in their first two priority areas (elevating the profile of the sector and delivering capacity building knowledge, tools, and resources), the SCC formed a pooled fund to invest in and learn how to best support the state’s nonprofit sector in building its leadership capacity. To date, SCC has invested $180,000 in grants to support underrepresented leadership development in communities across the state. This Leadership Scan of Washington's nonprofit sector was initiated to complement this work and support strategies for investing in the state’s leadership capacity.
Through surveys, interviews and focus groups with more than 400 respondents, the scan found interest in more mentorships or informal peer networking opportunities rather than the classroom-based sessions that are most often funded. The responses also highlighted the underserved needs in communities of color and rural areas, and an interest from all participants in better understanding “networked leadership” or how to collaborate and build relationships across a community.
Foundation members of the SCC include:
- Ballmer Group Philanthropy
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Campion Foundation
- Cedarmere Foundation
- Empire Health Foundation
- Medina Foundation
- Satterberg Foundation
- Sherwood Trust
- Seattle Foundation
- Social Venture Partners
Social Venture Partners serves as the convenor of the SCC. Contact Sally Gillis to learn more about this work.