Building Strong Organizations


Many nonprofits, even the well-established, struggle to pay the bills. Frequent or chronic budget deficits and scarce cash reserves threaten the work they do. While funders focus on investing in programs and services, the underpinnings of those programs—organizational infrastructure and financial health—suffer from neglect.

Find over 80 resources written about organizational effectiveness in this Organizational Effectiveness Literature Review >>

To reframe how funders and grantees think about building successful, resilient organizations, Bridgespan developed a “grantmaking pyramid” and refined it through work with the Ford Foundation. This pyramid (see below) reflects a hierarchy of funding needs that begins with foundational capabilities, followed by resilience, and building toward increasing impact.

The Grantmaking Pyramid

Source: The Bridgespan Group

To learn more about the Grantmaking Pyramid, read Time to Reboot Grantmaking.

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