Catalytic Behaviors

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GRANTMAKING
  • Supporting well-led, effective nonprofit organizations.
  • Encouraging collaborative funding partnerships to stretch grant dollars.
  • Sharing the expertise of our program officers; providing guidance to form ideas and innovative approaches.
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT
  • Strengthening nonprofit Boards by acquainting them with essential and leading governance practices.
  • Strengthening and enhancing nonprofit management practices in organizational infrastructure and program delivery.
  • Enhancing meeting/learning opportunities for leaders to refresh and forge new relationships among their peers, creating new paths towards building a collaborative nonprofit sector.
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
  • Building our capacity to become a robust resource for community information needs.
  • Engaging and empowering partners/stakeholders to use research and information to guide decisions around community issues, challenges and opportunities.
  • Transitioning evaluation practices away from simple data collection to the creation of a shared learning environment that helps reveal true progress, outcomes and long-term impact.
COMMUNICATIONS
  • Developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan that effectively communicates our goals and activities to the community.
  • Providing nonprofit organizations with general communications guidance, sharing expertise and providing hands-on support.
  • Promoting our grantees’ and partners’ efforts.
  • Sharing knowledge, best practices, research and lessons learned.
ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SOLUTIONS
  • Exploring opportunities to utilize alternative funding solutions, which include PRIs,Loan Guarantees and MRIs.
LEADERSHIP & NETWORK BUILDING
  • Identifying, evaluating and developing positions on time-sensitive issues impacting our community.
  • Enhancing opportunities for network building and collaboration among community stakeholders by convening and providing expertise, guidance and support.