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

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
for strengthening knowledge management systems
Johns Hopkins University
for strategic communications planning for the Center for Civil Society Studies
Stanford University
for revenue development planning for the Stanford Social Innovation Review

Our Team

Jehan Velji
Jehan Velji 
Jennifer Wei 
Organizational Effectiveness Officer
Kathleen Badejo
Kathleen Badejo 
Program Associate
Jen Kwong
Jennifer Kwong 
Senior Counsel
Vidya Krishnamurthy
Vidya Krishnamurthy 
Chief Communications Officer and Senior Advisor to the President
Leeanne Oue 
Grants Officer

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