Capacity Building

  • Building the Capacity of Networks to Achieve Systems Change

    In recent years, the Babcock Foundation has adopted an intentional approach to strengthen networks involving grantees and other partners. This approach includes developing the "network officer" role as a companion to traditional program officer roles. This article originally appeared in the Foundation...

  • Learning and Crafting Strategy at the Babcock Foundation

    For almost 20 years, we have set overall Foundation strategy in two decade-long cycles. This brief newsletter article describes our practice and underlying assumptions about learning and foundation strategy. This article originally appeared in a Philanthropy New Zealand newsletter.

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  • The Fusion Model

    The Babcock Foundation recognizes that there are many good models for understanding organizational development and organizational effectiveness. We have used the attached "Fusion model" in our annual OD Gatherings and are pleased to share it with others.

    Courtesy of Strategic Decisions, LLC

  • Why Invest in Grassroots Leadership Development

    MRBF's definition of "grassroots leaders" and reasons for investing in them and their communities:

    "As the 'roots' part of the name implies, grassroots leaders know and celebrate where they come from. At the same time, they hold a vision for personal and community development. Their roots intertwine with neighbors in bonds of mutual accountability. And, like the...