We provide financial support for organisational development and capacity building. This support helps partners grow stronger in terms of their organisational capacity, so that they can better attain their grant objectives and achieve their goals. We provide this support directly to partners through grants or by linking partners with consultants that Oak has established partnerships with.
Partners can use the money to support any capacity issue they consider a priority for their organisation. These include:
Foundational support: to help partners to comply with basic processes such as legal and financial or fiscal requirements, registration and taxation, security and wellbeing.
Direct response: support which responds to specific challenges organisations face in their daily work, such as fundraising, strategic commuinications, leadership or programme design.
Organisational development: support for organisational transformation for institutions undergoing significant change due to a shift in programme focus, expansion to new regions, a change in leadership or the impact of external factors.
Field building: support for organisations that offer capacity development to other not-for-profit organisations or that develop resources, such as research or tools, which benefit civil society as a whole.
Illustrations created by Bill Crooks/INTRAC
Adriana Crăciun is a Senior Adviser for Organisational Development & Capacity Building at Oak Foundation. In this video she talks about her role and the work that we do.
Strengthening the work of our partners is a priority. To find out what capacity building at Oak is all about, watch this video to hear our colleagues explain the importance of capacity building in the creation of institutionally strong organisations.
Collaboration & Partnership
We strive to foster collaboration and partnership with and among our partners, as well as with other funders providing capacity building support.
We seek to ensure that our partners own their organisational development and capacity building efforts. We always consider the local constraints affecting them.
We view capacity building and organisational development as ongoing processes that require persistence, patience and flexibility.
We support partners so that they can grow stronger in terms of their organisational capacity and they can better attain their grant objectives and achieve their goals. We provide this support directly to partners through grants or by linking partners with consultants that Oak has established partnerships with.
Oak partners and grantees interested in capacity building and organisational development support should contact their responsible programme officer directly. If you are not an Oak partners, please read this page to find out more about our grant-making.