Managed Programs

Capacity Building Program for the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services

On behalf of The Pew Charitable Trusts, Equal Measure operates a capacity building grant program to provide funding support and services to help Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia grantees build their capacity to deliver services. Letters of Intent to apply for a one-year capacity building award are requested from all current Pew Fund for Health and Human Services grantees in the Spring and Fall of each year.

Eligibility and Requirements
Funding Areas
How to Apply
Reporting for Current Awardees
Resources on Capacity Building

Eligibility and Requirements

An organization is eligible to apply for a one-year capacity building project if:

  • They are a current Pew Fund service-delivery grantee in any of the categories: Vulnerable Adults, Children, Youth & Family, or Elderly.
  • They do not have a current Pew Fund capacity building award. Organizations may re-apply for another capacity building grant once their current award is successfully completed.

Please note: Applicants who are declined in one round may re-apply the next round, for the same or different project.

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Funding Areas

Awards typically range from $20,000 to $45,000, and are granted in any one of the following areas:

  1. Management information systems design and development: Securing hardware, securing and/or designing software, and building related staff skills necessary for managing work more effectively, e.g., for tracking client demographic data, service utilization, and progress toward outcomes.
  2. Financial management and planning: Assessment, planning, and development of financial systems, as well as staff skill building to improve reporting systems and enable organizations to identify the most cost-effective services.
  3. Evaluation and outcomes system development: Increasing staff knowledge and understanding of evaluation and developing MIS and other internal systems for assessing program effectiveness.
  4. Leadership succession and next tier leadership development: Planning for and implementing strategies for the development of new leaders and/or leadership transitions through identification of leadership needs, development of internal leadership capacity for mid-level management and future executive leaders, and executive leadership succession planning and recruiting.

Please click here for sample Outputs and Outcomes for each funding category.

How to Apply

Equal Measure administers grants two times per year: a Fall Round and a Spring Round. The grant application process consists of two phases: a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a Proposal. Organizations whose LOI is successful will be invited to submit a full proposal for the project.

LOI (Letter of Inquiry) Requirements
LOIs are not currently being accepted.
Please check back for an updated timeline of future rounds.

Please click here for a sample Call for LOIs.

Additional materials: LOI Forms

Completed LOIs will be accepted electronically. Please see the LOI announcement for specific instructions.

RFP (Request for Proposal) Requirements
Proposals are currently being accepted, and are due July 10, by 5:00 pm.

Please click here for the current RFP.

Completed proposals will be accepted electronically. Please see the RFP for specific instructions.

Additional materials:

Reporting for Current Awardees

Interim Financial Reports: Grantees are required to provide an interim report on the financial status of their project. Please see your award agreement for due dates of interim financial reports. Click here for a copy of the Financial Reporting Form (for interim and final financial report).

Final Financial and Narrative Report Requirements: Final reports are due approximately four weeks after the end of the grant period. Please see your award agreement for the exact due date of your final financial and narrative report. Click here for a copy of the narrative reporting requirements.

Any questions, as well as all reports, should be e-mailed to: Stephanie Lerner, Senior Consultant.

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Resources on Capacity Building


Workshop Materials

June, 2015

Ready for Tomorrow: Developing Strong Leaders at Every Level of Your Organization
Facilitator: Meghan McVety, Capacity for Change

December, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Data Dashboard Development
Facilitators: Andy Houriet, August Development Corporation, and Nadia Schafer, Philadelphia Academies, Inc.

March, 2014

Leadership Transitions: Creating Organizational Resilience
Priscilla Rosenwald, Leadership Recruiters

December, 2013

Lessons from the Frontlines: Streamlining the Financial and Reporting Management of Your Grants
Helen Fox, Your Part-Time Controller

October, 2013

Change is the Only Constant: Preparing for and Managing Organizational Change
Facilitator: Meghan McVety, Capacity for Change

April, 2013

Planning for Successful Capacity Building
Facilitators: Justin Piff and Stephanie Lerner, Equal Measure

The list below provides you with the most relevant websites and books that will expand your understanding of capacity building, and how you can apply this knowledge to your organizational needs.

Blumenthal, Barbara. (2003) Investing in Capacity Building: A Guide to High-Impact Approaches. The Foundation Center.

Collins, Jim. (2001) Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t. New York: HarperBusiness.

Connolly, Paul M. (2006) Navigating the Organizational Lifecycle: A Capacity-Building Guide for Nonprofit Leaders. Washington D.C.:Board Source.

Letts, Christine W. et al. (1999) High Performance Nonprofit Organizations: Managing Upstream for Greater Impact. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

McNamara, Carter. Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development With Nonprofits, Minneapolis: Authenticity Consulting, LLC.

Saul, Jason. (2004) Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Measure, Manage, and Improve Performance. St. Paul, MN: Amherst J. Wilder Foundation.

Wolf, Thomas. (1984) Managing a Nonprofit Organization. New York: Prentice Hall Press.


Archived Capacity Building E-Broadcasts

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