Lessons from the Washington AIDS Partnership: How to Take Big Risks and Move Quickly to Drive Change

By Sarah Hashmall and Channing Wickham

The Washington AIDS Partnership was founded in 1988 with the support of the Ford Foundation and 20 DC-area foundations with the mission of ending the HIV epidemic in the Greater Washington region.

The organization concluded its work in the first quarter of 2024 and published a report, Changing the Course of an Epidemic, that shares valuable lessons about how organizations can move quickly and take big risks to drive change.

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From the Chronicle of Philanthropy: 4 Ways Foundations Can Help Strengthen Nonprofits

By Tobi Printz-Platnick and Rick Moyers

Most grant makers would agree, at least in principle, that helping nonprofits build organizational capacity is an important role for philanthropy. Some foundations offer grants specifically for this purpose, providing dedicated resources to enable grantees to add staff, hire consultants, and strengthen internal systems.

At the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, we recognize the value of these programs, but we also believe every foundation — whether or not it has a formal program offering technical assistance or grant dollars for capacity building or organizational effectiveness — has a variety of options to help grantees strengthen their infrastructure.

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