A Balancing Act: Navigating Power in Our Capacity Building Efforts

Thursday, January 16, 2020 -
9:00am to 11:30am EST
Philanthropy New York; 320 East 43rd Street; NYC 10017
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As funders, we are committed to funding programs as well as strengthening the organizations that deliver these programs. Strategies to strengthening organizations can include general operating support and multi-year commitments as well as additional funding for capacity building work such as strategic or succession planning.

But how do we know if organizations are stronger or more effective as a result? And how do we navigate the power dynamics between funders and grantees when looking at capacity? Are we helping or hindering organizational strengthening through our practices? What indicators of progress can we look for to understand if the organization is building more resiliency? And how do we measure change over time? What role, if any, should third-party “ratings” or “assessments” play in the process?

Join us for an interactive roundtable discussion during which we will reflect upon these and other questions.

  • Current progress indicators that are used to look at nonprofit capacity and growth over time
  • Funder practices that help and hinder organizational strengthening
  • How to examine capacity building through an equity lens
  • Unintended consequences and the power dynamics at play between grantmakers and grantees
  • A number of tools, indicators, performance measures and programs that speak to nonprofit capacity
  • What data we are collecting today around nonprofit performance and what is likely in the future
  • What steps funders can take to support organizational capacity as well as the tracking of strength and resiliency


Introductory Remarks


We will also be joined by organizational navigators, BJ Sung and Sharmila Rao-Thakkar, with a combined 30 years of experience working in a family foundation and corporate philanthropy, respectively, who will bring additional perspectives to the conversation!

Designed for

All interested funders.


8:45 AM - 9:00 AM  Check-in
9:00 PM - 11:30 AM  Program 

Registration is required by January 15th 

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Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

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