What We Fund

Organizational Effectiveness

By investing in leaders, organizations, and networks, we help create more powerful and impactful fields and movements.

Organizational Effectiveness (OE) amplifies and accelerates Packard Foundation strategies to improve the lives of children, families, and communities, advance reproductive health, and protect and restore our planet. We work collaboratively to identify and develop customized capacity-building projects that help our partners learn and adapt, leverage opportunities, and collaborate. OE listens deeply, respecting our partners’ perspective and expertise on their opportunities, needs, and solutions. There are two types of OE support:

  • Grants for individual organizations. OE works with grantee partners to identify and implement customized organizational or network development projects designed to achieve deeper mission impact over the long term.
  • Cohort projects. In collaboration with grantee partners, Foundation program staff, and external experts, OE develops capacity building cohorts that support groups of leaders and organizations. These cohorts provide participants with opportunities to strengthen individual skills and organizations, as well as build the collaborative relationships that are key to achieving greater impact as a field or movement.

In addition, OE collaborates with other funders to expand and improve capacity building funding. We also provide limited funding for projects that inform how the nonprofit sector can become more effective.


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

Marissa Guerrero

Program Officer

Jean K. Ries

Program Officer

James McCaul

Consultant - Country Advisor

Jamie Chen

Program Operations Manager

Marcella Cage

Program Associate

Brittnee King

Program Associate

Elizabeth Warren

Program Associate

Ana Aguilar

Program Research Analyst

Key Documents

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.