Our Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program is an evolution in Meyer’s Management Assistance Program and our approach to capacity-building.
Through our OE program, Meyer provides grants to help our grantees strengthen management and leadership, assess and increase impact, and expand resources. OE grants also seek to increase the capacity of our grantees to align and partner with others to meet shared community goals.
Organizational Effectiveness grants fall under the following categories:
- Individual and team leadership: executive and team coaching, board development, executive search and transition, and staff development
- Organizational planning and development: organizational assessment, strategic planning, business planning, fund development planning, financial management, strategic communications, technology assessment and planning, cultural competency training and development, and evaluation systems development
- Network development: planning grants to organizations exploring a strategic alliance or merger with another organization; capacity-building grants to organizations that develop and strengthen networks of community partners; and capacity-building grants to initiatives that align with Meyer’s long-term goals and support a continuum of collaborations, including collective impact
Only current Meyer grantees (organizations that have received an operating grant within the past two years) are eligible to apply for Organizational Effectiveness grants. Please call Maegan Scott (202-534-1860) or Shana Silver (202-552-7456) to confirm your eligibility.
Although any current grantee may apply for a grant, funding for organizational effectiveness is limited. We work closely as a team to set priorities for how we award OE funding.
Eligible organizations may apply for grants of up to $30,000. Some organizations may also be eligible for longer-term investments up to $60,000.
OE grants primarily cover the cost of outside consultants. These consulting engagements provide outside expertise that the organization lacks, but also build capacity within the organization for the future.
How to Apply
Step One: Contact Maegan Scott
If you are interested in an Organizational Effectiveness grant and meet the above qualifications, please contact Maegan Scott to discuss your project and the timeline for your application.
Step Two: Online Application
Complete an initial application for Organizational Effectiveness funding. Guidelines are available here.
Your application will address the following questions:
- What special circumstances, challenges, or changes have caused your organization to focus on management and/or organizational issues at this time?
- What are the objectives of your project and what do you expect to accomplish? How will this project improve your organization's capacity to meet its goals and advance its mission?
- How do you propose to use Foundation funds? What is the timeframe for the project you are proposing?
- In the long term, how do you see this project enhancing the effectiveness of your organization or network to advance its mission?
- List any capacity-building projects you have undertaken in the past three years, the dates of those projects, and very briefly describe the outcomes.
Please include the following attachments with your application:
- Current operating budget
- Most recent audited financial statements, or unaudited financial statements for your most recently completed fiscal year
- Year-to-date financials, including balance sheet and statement of activities
- List of current board members
- Minutes from your last three board meetings
- Most recent or current strategic plan
Step Three: Proposal Invitation
A program officer will review your submission within one month of receiving the request. If the project meets our criteria for funding and we have sufficient funds remaining in the budget, Foundation staff will schedule a site visit or meeting with your organization’s executive director and key board and staff to discuss the proposed project.
During the meeting, we listen to your assessment of your organization’s strengths and challenges, and serve in a coaching role to help develop an OE project that best meets your organization’s needs. After the meeting, the program officer will advise you on whether to submit a proposal. A full OE proposal will include information on the consultant you've selected and a project work plan and budget.
OE grant recipients are not required to work with a particular consultant, although their selection of consultant must be approved as part of the final stage of the application process. For applicants that need help finding a consultant, the Meyer staff can serve as a resource.
What We Do Not Fund
The Organizational Effectiveness program does not support the purchase of computers or software, or website design, unless it is within the scope of a broader organizational effectiveness project (for example, strategic communications planning and implementation).
We also do not fund:
- Financial audits
- Conference costs
- Recurring staff training expenses
- Legal fees
- Capital campaign support
- Volunteer centers
- Special events
Capacity Building Partners
We also support capacity-building organizations that offer low-cost or pro bono services that build the above capacities in nonprofit organizations in our region. We partner with leading capacity-building providers to offer targeted, high-impact programs that strengthen organizational effectiveness among groups of grantees, so that nonprofit leaders can learn from their peers and grow their networks.
How to Apply
Applications for capacity-building providers and cohort programs are by invitation only. Please contact Maegan Scott for information eligibility and how to apply.