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Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize Californians

Lessons Learned from a Major Initiative to Build the Capacity of Civic Engagement Nonprofits

From 2008 to 2010, twenty‐seven community organizing nonprofits in California took part in an unusual and ambitious statewide initiative, Strengthening Organizations to Mobilize Californians (the “Initiative”). Funded by three leading foundations – The James Irvine Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and David and Lucile Packard Foundation – the Initiative sought to help nonprofits strengthen their organizations by focusing on such key areas as leadership, decision‐making, communication and fundraising.