International Grantmakers Network: Providing Capacity-Building Support for International Grantees (Part II)

Thursday, February 9, 2012 -
7:45am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Philanthropy New York’s International Grantmakers Network is hosting a two-part series on capacity building.

Part I will focus on how we define and approach “capacity building” in an international context. Part II will build on this discussion and go deeper into the strategies we employ when engaging in sustainable capacity building work with international grantees. We encourage you to join us for both programs.

Part II: Sharing Best Practices

Building on our discussion in Part I of the series, organizational development consultant MaryKay Penn will facilitate a conversation examining the classic capacity building lens often used by grant makers and the tensions that arise internationally when there are different interpretations of capacity. We'll look at the underlying tensions that make agreed-upon evaluation of capacity difficult cross-culturally and give examples of efforts in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean that highlight common challenges between grant makers and grantees.  This session will draw out the best approaches and grant making strategies for strengthening organizations in any setting.

MaryKay has more than 20 years of experience advising philanthropy, corporate, public sector and not-for-profit clients on issues of strategy, organization, program and operations. She will focus on two areas of organizational capacity building: organizational systems development (i.e., building knowledge to improve programmatic, financial, and communication systems) and leadership and management development (i.e., building personal leadership, succession planning).

As with the first program, this will be an interactive session that draws on the experience in the room to identify cross-cultural best practices for supporting organizational capacity building within an international context. Although this session builds on Part I, the discussion will focus on specific issues and participation in the earlier meeting is not required.


  • Strategies to help international grantees build their programmatic infrastructure and the necessary leadership in place to achieve these goals.

A Philanthropy New York International Grantmakers Network program.


  • MaryKay Penn, Consultant

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