Interviewees suggested that it can be useful to periodically come back to the question of “why capacity building?” at your foundation and compare that to how capacity building is manifesting with grantees. Purpose can get lost if you don’t intentionally look at how it’s being approached through the investments your foundation makes. We heard, “Do this, but don’t get hung up on this exercise.”
The overarching purpose for grantee capacity building tends to focus in one of two ways.
While not every foundation, and even grantmaking portfolio within a foundation, needs to approach capacity building the same way, think about the process by which your foundation can develop a greater internal understanding of purpose so that the overall impact of this type of investment can be better understood and strategically applied in service to mission.
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This takeaway was derived from Supporting Grantee Capacity.