As nonprofits of all sizes struggle to keep up with social media, video and other communications strategies, foundations are looking for ways to transform the nonprofits they support and build the skills of staff to bolster the fields they serve. Through management assistance programs, peer-learning cohorts, train-the-trainers and grant-supported training there are a variety of options out there.
In this session presented at the 2013 Communications Network Conference, I joined Michael Hoffman (See3), Beth Kanter (author and master trainer), and Eva Penar (The Chicago Community Trust) for a lively discussion of pros and cons of different models and examples. Together we examined how you can structure (or restructure) your capacity-building programs, evaluate if grantees are ready and measure progress along the way. We’ll also shared some of the moments of failure — and what we learned as a result.