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Capacity Building Consultant Databases

Organizational Effectiveness grants primarily cover the cost of outside consultants who provide outside expertise and build capacity in an organization or network for the future. After decades of capacity building grantmaking, we have learned from our grantees that finding the right consultant is critical to the success of any capacity-building project. So how do you…

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Be a solution-seeker, not a problem-solver

Last week, in the opening plenary of the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute (NPMI), Steve McCormick, co-founder and CEO of the Earth Genome, posed this question: “If a divine being said they will solve the cause you are working on, and you would get none of the credit- a rival colleague would instead- would you take…

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Organizational Effectiveness at the Packard Foundation

The Packard OE Team Welcome to the Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center, and especially to this corner where we share what we are thinking. As many of you know, the @PackardOE team has changed in the last few months. Kathy Reich, our director since 2010, moved on to the BUILD program at the Ford Foundation earlier…

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Welcome to the New OE Knowledge Center

Welcome to the new Organizational Effectiveness Knowledge Center! This web platform, replacing our old Wiki, is dedicated to sharing our perspective and resources about improving organizational and network effectiveness. We invite you to explore our resources and what we’re thinking on topics from Leadership and Coaching to Strategic Planning. We have curated this website to house content that…

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Three Keys to Unlocking Systems-Level Change

Developing a systems mindset, identifying the right tool for the job, and paying attention to human dynamics can help leaders move from theory to action when facing complex social problems.

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