Community driven capacity building: Creative approaches from the field
Donors, board members, staff and advisors interested in learning about creative strategies for everaging community connections and expertise beyond grant dollars to fill overlooked gaps in their communities.
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!
Ben Barge is the 2013-2015 Fellow at the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he assists with grantmaking, evaluation, and special projects across the Foundation's five focus areas. He also coordinates the Foundation’s internship and fellowship programs. Most recently, Ben has been conducting a qualitative feedback study of twenty Latino-led organizations for Hispanics in Philanthropy’s NC Funders’ Collaborative. Ben graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With his free time, he enjoys singing, acting, and pretending to be a long-distance runner.
Paul Connolly is a seasoned leader and advisor to philanthropies and nonprofits. At Bessemer Trust, he is responsible for directing the philanthropic advisory services department and working closely with clients to help develop and pursue their philanthropic interests, define their grantmaking strategies, and achieve their social impact goals. At TCC Group, his clients included the James Irvine Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, California Humanities Council, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Ford Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Henry Street Settlement, The Foundation Center, Goldman Sachs, Helene Fuld Health Trust, GMHC, BoardSource, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Weingart Foundation, and Arts for LA. Previously, he was Associate Director of Nonprofit Facilities Fund (NFF).
Marianne Philbin is executive director of Pierce Family Foundation and a consultant to foundations and nonprofit organizations, specializing in planning, evaluation and organizational development. Previously, she was development director for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge; executive director of The Chicago Foundation for Women; and executive director of The Peace Museum in Chicago. Marianne has also served as an instructor for the Donors Forum, a lecturer at Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies, and a frequent trainer for Chicago’s nonprofit organizations. She is co-author with Marcia Festen of LEVEL BEST: How Smaller Organizations Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results, and also How Effective Nonprofits Work: A Guide for Donors, Board Members and Foundation Officers. Marianne has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Amnesty International USA, Project Exploration, and the Chicago Global Donors Network.
Maegan Scott serves as program and communications officer for the Meyer Foundation, based in Washington, DC. In this role, Maegan works in partnership with the senior program officers and the vice president for programs and communications to administer Meyer's Management Assistance and Benevon programs. She serves as a resource to grantees on management and leadership issues, and is the primary contact for consultants who work with the Foundation's grantees. She also manages Meyer's website, eNews, and social media work.
Maegan came to the Foundation in 2008 from the Center for Understanding Equity, an education consulting firm dedicated to closing the achievement gap in schools. An avid volunteer throughout her community and abroad, Maegan has devoted much of her time to working with nonprofit organizations over the past several years. She currently serves on the boards of Art Enables and the DC Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and previously served as board treasurer of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Washington DC. You can often find Maegan at Miriam's Kitchen, writing with the guests during Miriam's Studio. Maegan holds a bachelor's degree from American University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.
What participants 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."