In recent years, the philanthropic sector has shifted toward strategic grantmaking: articulating clear and focused goals; developing evidence-based theories of change to pursue those goals and measure progress; and creating feedback loops for learning and course correction along the way. With this shift has come the need for grantmakers to have broader skills—particularly the ability to assess the organizational health and capacity of the organizations they are considering supporting. The "Next Generation Grantmaker Handbook for Strategic Capacity Building" will integrate assessment of organizational capacity within the strategic grantmaking process. It will make available to the philanthropic field a set of practical tools, templates, and materials that have been tested and refined with grantmaking professionals. Among other things, practitioners using the handbook will learn when and how organizational capacity is strategic and work with grantees in more collaborative, problem-solving ways.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a new paradigm for utility wildfire safety in California
The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment’s mission is to produce breakthrough environmental knowledge and solutions that sustain people and planet today and for generations to come. This grant supports the institute’s ability to identify more effective utility wildfire safety solutions in California, which is critical to achieving both wildfire resilience and climate goals. (Substrategy: Wildfire)
for the Toward a World Free of Nuclear Weapons project
Former secretary of state George Shultz’s Toward a World Free of Nuclear weapons project has renewed and catalyzed worldwide interest in reestablishing the vision of, and taking steps toward, significant reductions in global nuclear arsenals and their ultimate elimination. In the coming year, Secretary Shultz, renowned physicist Sidney Drell, and former Ambassador James Goodby plan to enlist the support of countries that have nuclear weapons capabilities and those that are potential nuclear weapon states to encourage step-by-step progress toward a reduction in the role of nuclear weapons worldwide. Such steps could include beginning joint aerial monitoring for nuclear weapons testing and developing methods to encourage active participation of the nine nuclear weapons states in accelerating disarmament.
for the Woods Institute Leopold Fellowship
This grant to the Woods Institute at Stanford University would provide communication training to outstanding scientists working in a broad range of environmental fields. The goal is to impart the skills necessary for scientists to translate their knowledge in non-academic settings in a manner that is understandable to decision makers, media, and the public.