Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Grant Activity: Current Activity Impacting Communities

Building capacity in nonprofits is key– this program aims to prove it

The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, The Barra Foundation, and The Philadelphia Foundation have teamed up to support 11 nonprofits who will each receive two years of consultation services from The Consultation Center at Yale University.

The program, called the Building Capacity Initiative, is aimed at helping nonprofits better evaluate the outcomes and impact of their programs, and then to more effectively communicate that information. This is the fifth year of the initiative, with 26 organizations having completed the process.

From the foundations’ standpoint, the capacity to evaluate programming is something they increasingly look for in their grantees.

“To innovate or adapt effectively, organizations need to be able to accurately assess what is working and what is not.  In our work with grantees, evaluation capacity has emerged as an important need and one that is under-resourced,” said Kristina Wahl, president of The Barra Foundation, in a press release.

Read the full article in Generocity.