Capacity Building

State of the Nonprofit Sector Reports

Publication date: 
09/2016

Our statewide nonprofit association partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming each produce valuable research about the nonprofit sector in their respective states. Here, we gather their "state of the sector" research into one page to present a regional perspective on our diverse and vibrant sector.

Verde Paper: Latino Perspectives on Conservation Leadership

Publication date: 
01/2016

As America becomes more diverse, so too are our social movements diversifying — and better integrating the diversity they've held within them all along. That's the context for the "Verde Paper," an exploration of Latinos in the environmental movement, which holds important lessons for advocates and philanthropists who want to better support and partner with Latino communities.

Cities Building Community Wealth

Publication date: 
11/2015

In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us. Can we create an economic system — beginning at the local level — that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone? The 20 cities profiled in this new Democracy Collaborative report  include Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.

2015 Washington State Leadership Scan

Publication date: 
10/2015

The Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC) is a group of 10 funders committed to supporting and strengthening the state’s nonprofit sector. To date, SCC has invested $180,000 in grants to support underrepresented leadership development in communities across the state. Its Leadership Scan of Washington's nonprofit sector was initiated to complement this work and support strategies for investing in the state’s leadership capacity.

Educate and Empower: Tools For Building Community Wealth

Publication date: 
08/2015

How do low-income communities learn to advance economically and build wealth? Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. This report, authored by Keane Bhatt and Steve Dubb, draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the United States to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to these critical questions.

Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure, 2004-2012

Publication date: 
03/2015

In the special report Foundation Giving for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Infrastructure 2004-2012, Foundation Center presents the first-ever analysis of U.S. foundation support globally for nonprofit and philanthropic infrastructure organizations and services. This analysis spans nine years of funding, encompassing 717 different funders and 12,200 grants.

Knowledgebase

Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together

Publication date: 
01/2015

In Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together, GrantCraft look 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.

Funding Community Organizing: Social Change Through Civic Participation

Publication date: 
12/2008

In this guide from GrantCraft, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker's special role in fostering change.