Welcome! On this page we share links to articles, blog posts, videos, presentations, and other cool stuff by and about the Packard Foundation OE team.

We also share a lot of evaluation data and reports about the OE program elsewhere on this wiki; just click on the links under the "Learning" section on the right side of this page.

The OE Program at the Packard Foundation
The Packard Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and our CEO Carol Larson reflected throughout the year on our work--looking back and going forward. Read what she had to say about the OE program and Our Commitment to Nonprofit Effectiveness.

If you're curious about how we approach grantmaking in the OE program at the Packard Foundation, check out Nell Edgington's interview with OE Director Kathy Reich from the Social Velocity Blog, June 2014:

Grantcraft's new guide Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together features a number of stories about the OE program, and is a comprehensive introduction to the many ways that funders can support nonprofit effectiveness. There's also a short and sweet podcast interview with Kathy.

You can check out our thoughts on conferences we attend on our Conference Blog as well.

Effective Grantmaking
The June 2015 issue of Alliance magazine features an interview with OE Director Kathy Reich about the Fund for Shared Insight, a collaboration among seven funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Fund for Shared Insight provides grants to nonprofit organizations to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people we seek to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share what we learn.

OE Director Kathy Reich wrote a post for the Center for Effective Philanthropy blog about the need for funders to listen (REALLY listen) to the people they want to help. Read A Call to Action For Funders: Listen, Reflect, and Learn.

A new report from Bridgespan on funder collaborations features a nice case study of the Community Leadership Project, a joint initiative of the Hewlett, Packard, and Irvine Foundations to build capacity in small and mid-sized organizations serving low-income communities and communities of color in three regions of California. Read it here: http://www.bridgespan.org/Philanthropy-Advice/Philanthropist-Collaboration/Lessons-in-Funder-Collaboration.aspx.

What's the secret to being a great grantmaker? According to OE program officer Linda Baker, it's "Being the Duct Tape", posted on the 2014 GEO conference blog.

Evaluative Capacity
Cheryl Chang's summer 2015 article in GMNSight, Learning with Diverse Communities Through Culturally-Responsive Evaluation focuses on how funders and nonprofits can engage in evaluation practices that value inclusion and give every participant a voice.

Kathy Reich spoke to a group of nonprofits from California's Central Coast in February 2015 on Using Data to Maximize Impact--why every nonprofit
should have an evaluative culture and evaluation strategy, and how to conduct useful evaluation without breaking the bank.

OE program officer Linda Baker attended a workshop on facilitation led by David Barkan. One of her takeaways was about the importance of listening. See her blog post here.

Cohort-Based Capacity Building
The OE program is investing more these days in capacity building with cohorts of grantees. Kathy Reich reflects on this work "Capacity Building with Groups of Grantees: A Few Things We've Learned (So Far).", posted on the 2014 GEO conference blog.

For a few "Do's and Don'ts" of networked capacity building, see the presentation that Kathy Reich put together for the 2014 GEO conference,"The Power of Partnership: Networked Approached to Supporting Capacity Building and Leadership."

Kathy Reich's August 2015 blog post What Funders and Nonprofits Can Do to Solve the Sector's Talent Troubles, published on the Social Velocity blog, outlines our latest thinking on how best to support and develop nonprofit leaders.

Strategic Planning
OE Director Kathy Reich moderated a discussion hosted by the Sobrato Philanthropies on "Building Blocks for Creating Greater Impact" in February 2014 that's a good introduction to nonprofit strategic planning and measurement. The panel featured Fay Twersky, Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group of the Hewlett Foundation, and Tess Reynolds, CEO of New Door Ventures. You can watch it on You Tube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6e_gXC0AiQ&list=PLDLLozNOddcecWDpcJYjy0i23wuNriMEj

Networks and Social Media
Check out the **YouTube video** of our Google+ Hangout honoring Beth Kanter, along with a Storify of the event! We were blessed to have Beth as our Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation Organizational Effectiveness Program for more than four years. On October 29 we honored her with a special celebration, The Beth Effect, to acknowledge her tremendous contributions to the Foundation and the nonprofit sector. We even trended on Twitter! You can read all about it on Beth's Blog: http://www.bethkanter.org/guest-post-celebrating-beths-five-years-as-visiting-scholar-at-the-packard-foundation/.

Diana Scearce, formerly with Monitor Institute and now at Evaluation and Learning Director at the Packard Foundation, posted at Glass Pockets about this wiki back in 2011.

OE's Evaluations
Grantcraft's guide Opening Up: Demystifying Funder Transparency includes a mini-case study of the OE wiki and our "Learning in Public" program evaluation and strategy development process in 2011-12.

Packard Foundation Visiting Scholar Beth Kanter wrote a postabout the Goldmine project in the Chronicle Of Philanthropy Good Advice page.

SSIR published some early findings by the TCC Group on Packard's OE Goldmine Research project in July 2011: notably, "The Limited Returns on Fundraising Support for Nonprofits".

Conference Blog
You can read about conferences we've attended, and stuff we've learned at them, on our Conference Blog.

Updated 9/4/15