A new guide for supporting capacity and effectiveness

GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center, has released a new report on the strategies funders can use to support capacity building for grantees. The report, supported by Open Society Foundations, also includes information about initiatives at the Meyer Foundation. (GrantCraft, 2/26)

A unique aspect of this guide is its focus on relationship awareness: how to intentionally build healthy funder-grantee relationships, which we view as key to successful grantee capacity building. You’ll see recurring mention of issues like defining roles and expectations, establishing trust and open communications, and being good analysts of the variables at play in grantee capacity-building situations. We weave these topics into sections designed to help funders make realistic decisions about how to get started or deepen their support of grantee capacity building.

Opinion: The world of crowdfunding can be a complicated one, and now some governments are getting into the game to raise money for programs. An author explains why he sees that as problematic. (Chronicle, 2/26)

MARYLAND | In Maryland, economic angst breaks through the veneer of a wealthy state (WaPo, 2/28)

ARTS | The District’s art scene has been subjected to some ups and downs over the last few years, after having experienced a great deal of growth. Now, Washington City Paper takes has a look at some of those wins and losses. (WCP, 2/27)

DISTRICT/HOMELESSNESS | Beyond Human Cost, D.C. Homelessness Comes With a Big Price Tag (WCP, 2/27)

HEALTH/POVERTY | A recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, finds that many people with low incomes feel that having a lack of money leads to harmful effects on their health that they may not otherwise experience if they earned higher incomes. (NPR, 3/2)

– Opinion: When Whites Get a Free Pass (NYT, 2/24)

Opinion: As a number of cities and suburban areas across the country undergo dramatic shifts in demographics, a writer examines the economic and political implications of a changing cultural landscape. (NYT, 2/25)

TRANSIT | Plans for extending the D.C. streetcar line beyond H Street may be put on hold indefinitely, leaving some transit advocates to question how useful the system would really be. (WAMU, 3/2)

Though most of us are more than ready to kiss winter goodbye, it has likely made us all a little more productive.

– Ciara