Organizational Effectiveness

Overview

Foundations rely on strong, healthy grantee organizations to achieving progress in solving the world’s most pressing problems. Yet, many U.S. and international grantees routinely face organizational challenges, from major staff transitions to capacity gaps.

Organizational effectiveness grants provide targeted support to existing Hewlett Foundation grantees to help strengthen their internal systems, enabling them to do their work better and enhance their impact. These grants are a small slice of the foundation’s overall giving, but they help organizations’ leaders prioritize, justify and support capacity-building projects that otherwise likely would go to the wayside.

Goals

Help existing Hewlett Foundation grantees be high-performing organizations that can advance the public good through grants that can be used to build capacity in areas such as strategic planning; leadership transitions; board development and governance; communications planning and digital strategy; diversity, equity and inclusion; and fundraising. Read our organizational effectiveness evaluation report (PDF).

Our Grantmaking

Generation Citizen
for building capacity for scale and financial sustainability
Colorado Education Initiative
for support of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion capacity to advance educational equity
George Washington University
for support of strategic planning
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
for a fellowship for leading large-scale change

Our Team

Leeanne Oue 
Program Associate
Jennifer Wei 
Organizational Effectiveness Officer

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