One core belief has driven Organizational Effectiveness grantmaking since David Packard began the Management Assistance program in 1983: Organizations are more effective when they are equipped with thoughtful strategy, strong leadership, and sound operations. Ignore these fundamentals and risk failure. Nonprofits today contend with the challenges of tackling tough social and environmental issues, while navigating economic and political instability, technological advances, intergenerational leadership changes and new business models.
The OE program partners with grantees, helping them strengthen their fundamentals so they can focus on achieving their missions. We make grants to key grantees of the Foundation to build their core strengths in areas like strategic and business planning, financial management, board and executive leadership, and communications capacity. We also make grants to build these capacities among groups of leaders and cohorts of grantees, through initiatives called Partnership Projects—so that nonprofit leaders can share knowledge, learn from their peers, and grow their networks.
To learn more about the type of grants that we make, and our guidelines for applying for these grants, please visit Organizational Effectiveness Program Guidelines.
The Change We Seek
As a result of this work, we hope to see more dynamic, resilient, and networked organizations better able to improve the lives of children, enable the creative pursuit of science, advance reproductive health, and conserve and restore the earth’s natural systems.
Only current Packard Foundation grantees are eligible to apply to the Organizational Effectiveness program.
The Philanthropy Fund
The Packard Foundation has a strong commitment to the development and effectiveness of private philanthropy. We continually strive to improve our own practices, and we share a responsibility to help build the philanthropic sector as a whole. To that end, The Philanthropy fund makes a limited number of grants each year to support and improve the philanthropic infrastructure and to build and disseminate knowledge about effective philanthropy.
Unsolicited proposals are not accepted to the Philanthropy fund.