What We’re Thinking

A Call to Action for Funders: Listen, Reflect, and Learn

The following blog post was originally posted by OE Director Kathy Reich on the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog: Every September and October, I spend a lot of time in synagogue. The Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time of intense reflection for Jews about where we’ve fallen short as human beings,…

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Listening

Listening. It is important for philanthropy and business and parenting and just people. No problem. I’m good at listening. (At least that is what I thought until I took a deeper dive into facilitation at a workshop led by David Barkan at the Hewlett Foundation last week.) My new self-assessment: I’m good at parts of…

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Reflections from BoardSource Leadership Forum, October 2014

Last week I continued my walkabout in the wide world of non-profit organizational development by attending the BoardSource Leadership Forum in Washington DC. Relatively few Organizational Effectiveness grants are for board development, at least explicitly. It is the rare non-profit board that collectively wakes up one morning and says “Hey, we think that investing in…

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Weaving Nonprofit Capacity Building Into Philanthropy: An Interview with Kathy Reich

If you’re curious about how we approach grantmaking in the OE program at the Packard Foundation, check out Nell Edgington’s interview with OE Director Kathy Reich from the Social Velocity Blog, June 2014.

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Our Commitment to Nonprofit Effectiveness

The Packard Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and our CEO Carol Larson reflected throughout the year on our work—looking back and going forward. Read what she had to say about the OE program and our commitment to nonprofit effectiveness: Last week, nearly 700 philanthropic leaders gathered at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)…

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