Organizational Effectiveness

Overview

Foundations rely on strong, healthy grantee organizations to achieving progress in solving the world’s most pressing problems. Yet, many U.S. and international grantees routinely face organizational challenges, from major staff transitions to capacity gaps.

Organizational effectiveness grants provide targeted support to existing Hewlett Foundation grantees to help strengthen their internal systems, enabling them to do their work better and enhance their impact. These grants are a small slice of the foundation’s overall giving, but they help organizations’ leaders prioritize, justify and support capacity-building projects that otherwise likely would go to the wayside.

Goals

The goal of the Organizational Effectiveness program is to help nonprofits become high-performing organizations that are healthy, sustainable, and successful in achieving their goals. Organizational Effectiveness grants can be used to build capacity in areas such as strategic planning; leadership transitions; board development and governance; communications planning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and financial planning. Read our strategy paper and organizational effectiveness evaluation report (PDF).

Our Grantmaking

Energy Foundation
for work on diversity, equity, and inclusion
Oxfam America
for support of a regional strategy review and planning process for Oxfam West Africa
The Chronicle of Higher Education
for support of DEI work for the Chronicle of Philanthropy
Big Picture Learning
for communications support

Our Team

Fay Twersky 
Vice President
 @FayDTwersky
Leeanne Oue 
Program Associate
Jennifer Wei 
Organizational Effectiveness Officer

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