Community Driven Capacity Building: Creative Approaches from the Field

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Increasingly, foundations are investing in deep community listening before they design strategies and approaches for capacity building with nonprofit grantees. Hear the stories of family and regional foundations who came up with creative capacity building programs guided by local community partners. Hear about the ways they are leveraging their community connections, expertise, and their own capacities beyond grant dollars to fill overlooked gaps in their communities. Featured programs include:

  • The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has developed a paid internship program as one strategy to address economic and racial inequities in North Carolina.
  • The Pierce Family Foundation has developed an intricate algorithm to match nonprofit needs and talents in their local Chicago community.
  • After an extensive listening project, the Meyer Foundation is investing in storytelling training for its Washington, DC grantees, leading to innovative new partnerships.

Please join us for this fun and stimulating discussion!

Featured Speakers

Ben Barge

Ben Barge

Ben Barge is Field Director at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. As Field Director, Ben…

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Maegan Scott

Maegan Scott serves as program and communications officer for the Meyer Foundation, based in Washington, DC.…

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Marianne Philbin

Marianne Philbin is executive director of Pierce Family Foundation and a consultant to foundations and nonprofit…

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Paul Connolly

Paul Connolly is a seasoned leader and advisor to philanthropies and nonprofits. At Bessemer Trust, he…

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What others have said...

“What a great webinar! I felt like I’d heard all there was to know on that particular subject : ), but you found speakers who brought fresh approaches and especially relevant ideas for smaller funders (aka most family foundations) to replicate in some ways. A group of us had a “viewing party” at the offices at Philathropy Network Greater Philadelphia, and we had a chance to discuss as the webinar progressed, and kick around ideas for how we might move forward on some of the ideas we learned about here in our community.  That was a terrific value-add, and I hope we’ll do other webinars in a similar fashion going forward.”

Diana Loukedis Doherty

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