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Organizational Capacity Grants Initiative

The Organizational Capacity Grants Initiative (OCGI) was an early funder foray into organizational effectiveness grantmaking. Three Bay Area foundations launched the project to advance the capacity and effectiveness of 16 local nonprofit human and social service organizations.

The foundations asked Informing Change to lead an evaluation of the project’s effectiveness. We approached this work by assessing the collective impact of OCGI’s supports:

  • Capacity-building funds
  • Supportive engagement from the foundations
  • Active reflection
  • Leadership development

We are proud that the lessons learned and recommendations we presented from this seminal capacity-building initiative have been incorporated into the growing field of organizational effectiveness.