Grantmakers for Effective Organizations: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 1996

Source: 
Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (Duke)

Date

2007

Case Study Sector

Management

In the early 1990s, there were a handful of foundations providing significant support for the organizational—as opposed to programmatic—effectiveness of their grantees. One of these was the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, which had, as one of its program areas, an interest in Management Assistance. When Barbara Kibbe was hired in 1996 to direct that program, she organized a gathering at the annual conference of the Council on Foundations to discuss the role of funders in supporting the organizational capacity of their grantees—making them stronger institutions in the hope that they could then achieve better and more lasting results in their fields. The roundtable discussion was a success, and Kibbe, along with her counterparts at the James Irvine Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, decided to take the lead in coordinating an effort to build something from that day’s discussion. Those three foundations provided the initial funding—which totaled $710,000—for the inaugural conference of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO).

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Keyword

  • Field Building
  • Partnership
  • Strategy

Region

  • Northern America

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