What We Fund

Organizational Effectiveness

We aim to increase the effectiveness of grantee leaders, organizations, and networks, enhancing their capacity to achieve their mission.

One core belief has driven Organizational Effectiveness (OE) 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.

OE program funding helps organizations strengthen their fundamentals so they can focus on achieving their missions. Our program funds current Foundation grantees to help them build core strengths in areas like strategic and business planning, financial management, board and executive leadership, and communications. 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.


Total amount the Packard Foundation has invested in building the capacity of grantees through Organizational Effectiveness grants.


Number of grants given to support capacity building for grantees.

OE Knowledge Center

The OE Knowledge Center is a space to exchange learning, resources, and reflections about improving nonprofit organizational and network effectiveness.

Our People

Linda Baker


Jamaica Maxwell

Program Officer

Jean K. Ries

Program Officer

Arum Lansel

Arum Lansel Program Operations Manager

Linda Gargiulo

Program Associate

Emily Dwyer

Program Associate

How to Get Support

The Organizational Effectiveness program is open to all current grantees of the Packard Foundation. Although any current grantee can apply for a grant, we prioritize grantees that are critical to achieving program goals, and are at significant growth or inflection points. For more information, visit our How to Get Support page.