Last spring we invited you to participate in a strategic review of the Organizational Effectiveness program grantmaking strategy. We’re pleased to inform you that our Board of Trustees recently approved a (slightly) revised strategy for the OE program.
Read the Board Approved Strategy Document
You can also download a .pdf version
Below are a few highlights
- The central goal of the OE program will remain as is: to increase the effectiveness of grantee organizations and networks, to enhance their capacity to meet the Foundation’s goals.
- At least two-thirds of our grants budget will continue to support OE grants to key grantees of the Foundation, to strengthen 1-2 core areas of organizational development at a time. These grants will continue to be responsive in native, focused on priorities that grantees themselves identify, and grantees will continue to work with consultants of their choice.
- Up to one-third of our budget will now focus on what we’re calling “Partnerships Projects.” These are new projects, which will be designed jointly with our grantees and program staff from our Conservation and Science, Population and Reproductive Health, Children, Families, and Communities, and Local Programs. They’ll aim to build the organizational and network effectiveness of groups of leaders and cohorts of grantees. Through Partnerships Projects, we’re hoping to reach more Packard Foundation grantees; enable grantees to learn together and build stronger networks with their peers; and build organizational capacity in ways that align with our program strategies.
We’ll launch this part of our strategy beginning in 2013, so please stay tuned to our website for updated program guidelines, which should be ready toward the end of the year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us
Many of you were exceptionally generous with your time and advice during this strategic review. Our revised strategy is much stronger because you actively contributed through interviews, focus groups, and comments on draft documents on this site. We truly appreciate your partnership.
– Kathy Reich and the OE Team