Grantee Spotlight: Joining Forces to Strengthen Nonprofits Across Washington

Campion Foundation is proud to be a founding member of the Statewide Capacity Collaborative (SCC), a group of grantmakers in Washington who collaborate on how to best strengthen and support the capacity of nonprofits, individually and as a sector.  Our vision is a healthy and resilient nonprofit sector where individual nonprofits thrive, communities work collectively to address their needs and the sector is seen as a force for change.

The SCC’s work is guided by a set of shared beliefs:

  • We can do more together than any of our individual organizations can do alone.
  • We have a responsibility to serve as strong advocates for the nonprofit sector, which includes service providers, grantseekers, and grantmakers (private, corporate, and public funders).
  • We openly acknowledge and discuss the inherent power dynamics in our work, considering the impact and influence of our process and actions.
  • We value transparency about our efforts and investments in order to continuously learn from our collective and individual successes and challenges.
  • We recognize that local needs and solutions may look different across the state and require unique support.

We focus our investments in four separate but complimentary areas:

  1. Efforts that elevate the profile and effectiveness of the sector through advocacy and public policy,
  2. Strategies to effectively deliver capacity building knowledge and broaden the availability of tools and resources across WA,
  3. Leadership development at local, regional and statewide levels, and
  4. Leveraging our funding and issue area expertise in capacity building into broader funding and impactTo date the SCC has made aligned investments of over $4.3 million across the state and in 2014, we awarded our first pooled fund grants to eight grantees working across the state to build the capacity of underrepresented constituencies to engage in community solutions processes.

To date the SCC has made aligned investments of over $4.3 million across the state and in 2014, we awarded our first pooled fund grants to eight grantees working across the state to build the capacity of underrepresented constituencies to engage in community solutions processes. In Fall 2015, Washington Nonprofits was awarded a grant to support sector-wide advocacy and public policy work in Washington.

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