What We Are Learning

Capacity Building

PropelNext - Results on the Ground, 2017
PropelNext California is a joint funder initiative that helps organizations serving vulnerable and disadvantaged youth strengthen their program models and incorporate the use of data and evaluation for ongoing learning and improvement. Since 2012, PropelNext has worked with 30 nonprofits, and 13 from the first cohort completed the three-year program in 2015. Early results show PropelNext’s emphasis on infusing cultures with data-driven learning has taken root and is flourishing. To read the report, [Click here]


Lessons Learned from the Los Angeles Information Exchange Feasibility Study, 2013

In February 2012, nine funders in the Los Angeles region awarded a planning grant to a team of three capacity building providers to jointly explore the feasibility of developing and launching an Information Exchange - a robust, technology-based platform to connect nonprofits to appropriate capacity building services. At the conclusion of the feasibility study in the fall of 2012, the funders announced the decision not to move forward with a central capacity building initiative at this time. A summary of the factors that led to the decision not to proceed is included in this report. Significantly, the planning process helped to cultivate stronger relationships among the funders involved who remain committed to working more collaboratively to address the capacity building needs of nonprofit organizations in the region. [Read the report]


Our Commitment to Underserved Communities, 2012

Building the Capacity of Community-based Organizations in Underserved Communities
In 2008, Weingart Foundation developed an initiative with several components aimed at increasing our effectiveness in creating access, building capacity, and supporting leadership development among grassroots and minority-led organizations serving low-income communities throughout Southern California. This report details our grantmaking activities related to this initiative. [Read the report]


Fortifying L.A.’s Nonprofit Organizations, 2010

Capacity-Building Needs and Services in Los Angeles County
In October 2012, Weingart Foundation released Fortifying LA’s Nonprofit Organizations: Capacity-Building Needs and Services in Los Angeles County. The report highlights findings from a comprehensive study of Los Angeles County nonprofits’ capacity building needs and resources, including multiple stakeholders’ perspectives to address key issues concerning the resources needed to grow, thrive and accomplish their missions. [Read the report]


Capacity Building for Minority-Led and Minority-Serving Organizations, 2011

Evaluation of Weingart Foundations and The California Wellness Foundations’ Regranting Project to Liberty Hill Foundation
In 2009, two foundations co-funded a regranting project totaling $2 million over two years to the Liberty Hill Foundation. The project was focused on providing capacity building grants and technical assistance to small (less than $2 million annual operating budgets), grassroots, minority-led organizations in Los Angeles County. This evaluation report from Harder+Company assesses the impact of the $2 million grants on both Liberty Hill and the 42 small nonprofits that received funding and technical assistance. The report indicates that this type of regranting project can have significant positive outcomes for small, grassroots nonprofits that primarily serve ethnic minority communities. [Read the report]