The Capacity Building Blind Spot: What’s Holding NYC Nonprofits Back?

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


Every year, the nonprofits we support are forced to choose. Do they budget more for program or budget to invest in growth of their small donor or fee-for-service programs? What they ultimately are choosing between is performing more program work this year or having more funding in future years to sustain their mission.

Over the past several years, a small group of funders have invested in nonprofits to support their growing their fundraising and revenue generation capacity. This has included venture funding, funding nonprofit start-up incubators, and providing funds for particular revenue generation projects. A small group of these funders have spent two years evaluating the enabling environment of capacity building partners, vendors, skill sets in organizations, as well as available funding and financing.


  • Building capacity through investment in scalable revenue generation
  • Scalable revenue generation as a key strategic element for building power
  • Early results of funders' studies in supporting this work
  • Stakeholder engagement work: what's working, what's not, the gaps, and the road ahead


  • Rachel Baker, Director of Haas Leadership Initiatives, Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund
  • Guillermo Quinteros, Program Director, Solidago Foundation
  • Phil Radford, President, Progressive Multiplier Fund
  • Jay Beckner (Moderator), President, Mertz Gilmore Foundation

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All interested funders.

8:45 - 9:00 AM   Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM  Program

Registration is required by October 23rd

PNY Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above.

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Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

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