Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

January Quarterly Membership Meeting with GEO: A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building

January 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm


Session Overview:

Do the nonprofits you support have what they need to thrive and produce results? The nonprofit sector has consistently struggled with retaining strong staff, fundraising effectively and achieving long-term sustainability. Now, more than ever, funders need to ensure that nonprofits are strong enough to provide sustainable support to our most vulnerable communities.

We know that grantmakers can bolster nonprofit effectiveness and results by supporting capacity-building initiatives, thus ensuring their grantees have what they need to deliver on their missions over the long haul. This dynamic and comprehensive workshop will tackle the essential questions that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Developed with information and insights gathered over many years of working with grantmakers on this topic, A New Vision for Comprehensive Capacity Building takes participants on a deep dive into understanding what matters most when it comes to building a successful capacity building program.

Learning Objectives:

In this session presented by Stephanie Chan, Program Manager at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Akilah Massey, Senior Program Manager at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, we’ll tackle the essential issues that drive the design of effective capacity building support. Some of the things we’ll experience together include:

  • the benefits of contextual, continuous, and collective capacity support;
  • examples of capacity building work underway in your region;
  • peer sharing about successes and challenges; and
  • how to learn from and continually improve capacity building support.

Supporting capacity building is one of the most important things grantmakers can do to accelerate and broaden our impact on grantees and communities. Join us for this a highly interactive workshop to learn what it truly it takes build a capacity building program that supports nonprofit success.

Who should attend?

  • Foundation executives interested in strategically investing in nonprofit capacity building through grants and programming
  • Grantmaking staff who support grant programs and capacity building grants and programming
  • Program staff who coordinate nonprofit networks, nonprofit learning, nonprofit trainings and support nonprofit peer-learning
  • Evaluation staff who track and monitor progress for the foundation and/or their community
  • Staff at new foundations that are establishing their grant programs and focus areas

Please join us – we think this session has something for everyone!

Our Speakers:

Stephanie Chan, Program Specialist

Stephanie Chan is a program specialist at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and manages GEO’s peer learning programs for foundation CEOs and senior leaders, including the Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship. She also delivers GEO content through speaking engagements and oversees GEO’s speaking engagements team.

Prior to GEO, Stephanie worked at Georgetown Ministry Center, a homeless services nonprofit in Washington D.C., where she spent two years managing their day center for people experiencing homelessness and two years as communications director and grantwriter. At GMC, Stephanie educated the public about homelessness through speaking engagements and mobilized the community to help the homeless by creating a hypothermia outreach program.

Stephanie earned her master’s of public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management from George Washington University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

Akilah Massey, Senior Manager

Akilah Massey is a Senior Manager at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and an experienced program designer with over a decade of experience creating educational programs for grantmakers. Before joining GEO, she developed programming at Exponent Philanthropy, an association of small-staffed grantmakers.

While at Exponent Philanthropy, she spearheaded the CONNECT Conference, a philanthropy conference devoted to highlighting the connections that sustain philanthropic work. She also led Exponent Philanthropy’s technology content area, writing articles, blog posts and building programs on technology resources for grantmaking organizations. She further collaborated with grantmakers, colleague organizations, and nonprofit organizations to craft seminars, workshops and online programming on a variety of philanthropy-related topics with the intent of improving the effectiveness of small-staffed grantmakers.

At the start of her career, Akilah worked at a small Cleveland-area children’s rehabilitation hospital where she got to interact with very cool kids every day. She currently volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate or CASA in Washington, DC, working in a different capacity with children currently in the foster care system.

*please note that each member is allowed one free registration, and the cost for additional registrants is $25.00


January 25, 2018
10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Event Category:


Wellmark Foundation
1331 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
+ Google Map


Kari McCann Boutell
Tickets are not available as this event has passed.