Even before the pandemic, nonprofit organizations were being challenged by major demographic, economic, technological, and social shifts outside their control. These small nonprofits, which are those often closest to serving our most vulnerable populations, have historically lacked an investment in their capacity and by extension have struggled to run their organization effectively and efficiently. Compounding this challenge is the understanding that traditional approaches to building fundraising capacity are fragmented, costly, and inequitable for organizations who are already short on time, staffing, and resources.
After many conversations with non-profit partners and after evaluating the results of the Illuminating Perspectives Report, commissioned to better understand the impact of Robins Foundation’s signature innovation focused Community Innovation Grant, it became clear that capacity building is an area where targeted investment could be better leveraged. Robins Foundation believes that this could be key to creating long-term and lasting change in the Richmond community.