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How do we evaluate our work? 

Capacity building is notoriously tricky to evaluate. Here in the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team we evaluate our work several ways, and we are always trying to improve so we can increase our impact.  This post provides a brief overview of our monitoring, evaluation, and learning approach over the last three years. We wanted…

Developing tomorrow’s leaders: Our approach to building leadership capacity

Organizational Effectiveness (OE) at the Packard Foundation has long invested in building the capacity of leaders. In recent years we have seen increased demand for leadership investments from our grantee partners and our program colleagues, who see this kind of support in a given sector or movement as a critical piece of creating lasting impact….


The Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) is an organizational assessment, planning and evaluation tool for those that strengthen nonprofits. This paid-for resource is designed to be used by capacity building consultants or other intermediaries. The iCAT goes beyond the checklist of effective practices and asks the multiple organizational stakeholders to provide their perspective of what/who…

Strategic Planning is Alive and Kicking

Over the past several years, our sector has been debating the design, relevancy and role of strategic planning as a core capacity building tool. Some say it is too time intensive and the final product too often ends up “sitting on a shelf.” Others deem planning to be a distraction from critical daily, operational and…

The Power of Possibility Campaign

The Power of Possibility Campaign, initiated by BoardSource and leaders in the field of nonprofit restructuring, provides new resources and tools for strategic alliances and restructuring.