Are You Uncomfortable? You’re Welcome.

Early in my career I was working in Kampala, Uganda on a development project. One day I walked past a little girl, about age 3 or 4, sitting cross-legged on the street in tattered clothes under the hot sun, with her hand out for money, eyes closed, not moving an inch. A similar-looking slightly older…

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Listen up! National RFP on Nonprofit Listening

Hi everyone. This is an exciting announcement for nonprofits and funders interested in building the practice of listening to the people you seek to help. If you are a Packard Foundation grantee who is interested in this support, please get in touch with your program officer soon! What is Listen for Good? Listen for Good…

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Making Capacity Building Work: Wisdom from Michelle Williams

In 2015, Arts Council Santa Cruz County (the Arts Council), a Packard Foundation Local Grantmaking grantee, received an Organizational Effectiveness (OE) grant to support communications planning. Michelle Williams, Executive Director of the Arts Council, is an experienced nonprofit leader who has implemented several capacity building projects. I recently spoke with Michelle to learn more about…

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A New Grantee’s Guide to OE

As a former capacity building consultant and now the newest member of the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) team, it has been my fortune to immerse myself in the work of OE over the last month. There has been a lot to learn, and I am happy to be in a position to share some…

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