Special Grant initiatives are determined each year by our board of directors. In 2018, our focus has been in capacity building.

In 2018, a portion of The Community Foundation’s work will be focused on strengthening the organizations that meet the needs of Boone County.

To meet our mission of creating a thriving community for all, we partner to build and strengthen Boone County, bringing together people and organizations that want to make a difference. We help guide philanthropy and are committed to improving the quality of life here. To do this effectively, we must be alert and have our finger on the pulse of the challenges facing the nonprofits that serve our county. We need to be flexible enough to meet nonprofits right where they are because we know that a strong, thriving nonprofit community means we can steward donor dollars with more confidence and with greater impact.

As grantmakers, the Community Foundation has a responsibility to ensure that grant dollars are well spent and we take that role very seriously. In 2017, we made a distinct and strategic effort to strengthen the nonprofit sector through intentional programming and education. At our upcoming Community Impact Breakfast, we will announce our Capacity Building Initiative, where we will take our leadership efforts to the next level.

What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building is a term used in the charitable sector which describes activities that are designed to help improve a nonprofit’s ability to meet its mission and maximize the resources given to it by the community. Capacity building services are distinguishable from direct program services, general operating support or capital expenses, in that they typically seek to increase the knowledge, skill level and/or efficiency of a nonprofit board and staff. We plan to partner nonprofits with highly skilled consultants who have the expertise and ability to focus on the greatest need of the nonprofits and help strengthen and grow their programs.

Here are a few examples…

  • Programs & Services
  • Staff Leadership & Management
  • Organizational Infrastructure
  • Governance & Board Development
  • Administrative systems & Operations
  • Finances & Fundraising
  • Marketing & Community Awareness


We want to ensure that we are providing the nonprofits in Boone County with the tools to take their organizations to the next level, whatever that might mean for them in their lifecycle.

We will use the information from reports to organize deep dive training sessions with industry experts and give exclusive access to those who have participated in Build Capacity : Build Community.

The Community Foundation wants to build a relationship with every potential grantee. Through their participation, organizations are initiating a dialogue and allowing for a full understanding of the organization’s culture and dynamic.

We also want to help organizations build relationships with each other, allowing for collaboration and efficiencies in programs and services.