Grantmaking
Capacity building activities are designed to strengthen an organization to better fulfill its mission.

Approach to Grantmaking

Building Capacity: Our Approach to Grantmaking
The Cameron Foundation is committed to making strategic investments in the growth and survival of nonprofit organizations in its service region. To that end, the Foundation has structured its grantmaking in a manner that facilitates capacity building and organizational development for nonprofits.

Simply put, capacity building refers to activities designed to strengthen an organization to better fulfill its mission. The three main strategies employed to build capacity include:

  • Assessment of internal operations and the external environment
  • Interventions, such as management consulting, training, technical assistance, and
  • Direct financial support.

The Cameron Foundation’s services align closely with these capacity-building strategies. Our current strategy consists of three primary levels: Level 1, informing and supporting nonprofits; Level 2, supporting capacity-building intermediaries; and Level 3, providing technical assistance and general operating support grants.

A nonprofit organization can be engaged in capacity building at one or more of these levels (often simultaneously) throughout the course of its relationship with the Foundation.