Organizational Effectiveness


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.


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

National Security Archive
for website development for the Cyber Vault
Girl Security
for strategic planning
Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center
for the development of a full-service major and individual donor initiative program
Bridgespan Group
for sponsorship of the Leadership Accelerator Program for U.S. Democracy grantees

Our Team

Jennifer Wei 
Organizational Effectiveness Officer
Morgan Reams
Morgan Reams 
Program Associate

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