Philanthropy and Capacity Building

Philanthropic and programmatic work increasingly focuses on building the capacity of organizations to work efficiently and effectively.

Informing Change has worked with clients in all forms of capacity building, from an intensive three-month process to articulate a theory of change, to long-term, ongoing work to build new organizations and programs.

Read about these examples of our current and recent philanthropy and capacity building content work.


William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Since 2007, Informing Change has conducted program evaluations and strategic planning with a number of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s postsecondary and K–12 education program grantees.

Every grantee’s need and capacity is unique; Informing Change works with each to tailor evaluations to improve the grantee’s particular program effectiveness.

Informing Change also supports the Foundation’s efforts to enhance its grantees’ ability to use evaluation. We identify opportunities for strengthening evaluation capacity by:

  • Developing an evaluation capacity assessment tool for determining “right sized” evaluation ... Learn more »

The San Francisco Foundation

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) was planning a new initiative for environmental health grantmaking. It needed to understand the trends within the environmental health and justice movement, and to know more about what other programs already existed. To inform its new initiative, TSFF turned to Informing Change.

Through research and focus groups, Informing Change gathered information that helped the Foundation

  • identify specific areas of need within the field, and
  • design a new structure for its environmental health grantmaking program.

Today, TSFF supports a ... Learn more »

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