This is an evaluation report on the Community Leadership Project (CLP) in which 27 well-established intermediary organizations--community foundations, grantmaking public charities, and funder affinity groups--regrant to smaller organizations to provide financial support and tailored organizational assistance and coaching to small to mid-size organizations; technical assistance; and leadership development.The evaluation is interested in understanding not only the impact of CLP on leaders, organizations, intermediaries, and foundation partners, but also the key lessons on: (1) reaching and providing capacity-building supports to organizations and leaders serving low-income communities and communities of color; (2) characteristics of effective, culturally relevant, and community-responsive capacity building; and (3) which kinds of capacity-building supports are most effective for small and mid-sized organizations serving low-income communities and communitiesof color.
- CLP community grantees were described as being better positioned to serve the low-income communities in which they are embedded—through strengthened outreach and programming, authentic partnerships, and meaningful investments in community leadership development within the served community.
- CLP community grantees had the lowest areas of capacity for resource sustainability and adaptability; board development; staff assessment and development; and facilities.
- While there are some unexpected differences in capacity when looking at CLP community organizations by region and field, the biggest factor influencing organizational capacity was the size of the organization itself. Analysis of the data show marked drop-offs in capacity among organizations with budget sizes over and under $500,000.