The Make or Break Moment: Blending Capacity Building and Capital for Change

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 -
9:00am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC 10036
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In Nonprofit Finance Fund’s 2018 State of the Sector Survey, 86% of respondents expected demand for their services to increase in the coming year, but only 43% anticipated meeting it, and only 33% said they include capital for innovation and change in their budgets. Nonprofit organizations, like their for-profit counterparts, require regular investment in research and development, in their buildings, and in their staff, along with strategic and financial “know-how,” to navigate change and adapt to consistently meet community needs. In an evolving nonprofit sector, corporation and foundation funders are responding by blending different types of support in new and innovative ways. 

Join Prudential Financial, New York Community Trust, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and two of their grantee partners for a panel discussion on learnings from recent work pairing capital and financial capacity-building.  Hear from funders about their investment strategies and nonprofit leaders about the impact of these approaches on their organizations.

This event is intended to spark dialogue about how capital and capacity-building can together support systemic change, strengthen targeted geographies, and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in a portfolio, sector, or place. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion about their own investment approaches.

  • Investment strategies that combine capital and capacity-building to support adaptable, resilient nonprofits
  • How these approaches influence systemic change in a single geography or sector, and can advance funder goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Opportunities and challenges for replicating, adapting, and strengthening grantmaking approaches


Designed for

All interested funders


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

Registration is required by December 4

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above.

Guests/Members of New York Grantmakers in the Arts (non-PNY members): Please email with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number. Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email ($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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