Peer Learning: A Key to Successful Capacity Building

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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This program is a part of Philanthropy New York's Capacity Building series for 2017.

Spurring the momentum for sustained change within organizations is a challenging aspect of any capacity building effort. Peer learning can be an effective tool for enhancing organizational change by providing an opportunity for peers to share their successes, challenges, and best practices. 

Following our December 1st session focusing on Capacity Building strategies, featuring the experiences of several different grantees, this program will invite a panel of funders to share their approach to capacity building, with a specific focus on peer learning models. Colleagues from the William T. Grant Foundation’s research-practice partnerships model and The Wallace Foundation’s financial management capacity building initiative will explore key learnings from their work that can be translated to enrich other capacity building initiatives. They will highlight questions that grant makers should consider when designing a capacity building program, including questions about internal capacity, size and length of the investment, geographic scope of grantees, types of grantees and their natural networks, and the context and goals of the foundation.

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Following a panel presentation, technical assistance providers will facilitate breakout sessions to help grantmakers identify key components for a successful peer learning program. 

  • Peer learning as one strategy for building capacity in organizations to achieve impact
  • Elements of peer learning strategies that achieve the greatest impact
  • Critical components of a peer learning program
  • Key questions grantmakers should ask before embarking on capacity building, including peer learning


Designed for

All interested funders.


2:45 - 3:00 PM  Check-in
3:00 - 5:00 PM  Program

Registration is required by January 17th.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Guests of Organizers and AAPIP: 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 email with any questions.

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