Reimagining capacity 
building for the 
digital age

The Sustainable Development Goals are our blueprint for a better world.

We know they will not be achieved without the vital work of local organizations in the Global South.

Every day, these organizations respond to the needs of their communities with compassion, commitment, and expertise.

What they need is greater access to the knowledge, resources and support that will allow them to do more; to extend their reach, deepen their impact and strengthen local leadership where it matters most. That’s why we focus on capacity building. With stronger local organizations, our world can be transformed from the ground up.

Join us as we aim to strengthen the capacity of 5,000 organizations, working to improve the lives of 100 million people worldwide, by 2020.

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Investing in organizational growth

The first step in the capacity building journey is a self-assessment of an organization’s current capacity. We have developed a best-in-class organizational effectiveness framework, which determines a path forward.

The framework describes the 10 areas of organizational effectiveness, or organizational capacity that are essential to a nonprofit’s success; this provides the backdrop for local organizations to engage in our approach.


The University

Designed for the Global South and open to all, the free University blends expert instruction and engaging content on an easy-to-use digital learning platform.

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Through Philanthropy University’s annual awards program, we celebrate the most promising learners on our platform, offering them new paths to capital.

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Our Forum brings local development leaders together with forward-thinking donors, policymakers and businesses to collaborate and find solutions to the most pressing development challenges.

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Our learners come from across the globe but they are connected to one another with the University.

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