Organizational Effectiveness

Strategy and Learning


Investment Area: Strategy and Learning

The Richard King Mellon Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness (OE) program's vision is that our partners will have the organizational strength and agility to pursue big ideas and take risks in service of accelerating achievement of their strategic priorities. The OE program aims to support strategically aligned nonprofit organizations. ​

​The OE program is organized into four investment areas, which collectively represent the Foundation's approach to investing in the organizational strength and agility of our partners. Each investment area contains priorities that further describe the Foundation's funding interests.

Nonprofit organizations operate in complex environments, requiring nimble and adaptive strategies to achieve impact over time. Through the Strategy and Learning investment area, the Foundation aims to support nonprofits in developing organizational strategies and resilient financial structures. We aim to support investments in impact measurement and an adaptive approach, facilitating continual learning over time. The Foundation's priorities within the Strategy and Learning investment areas are below.

Priority: Culture of learning - Culture of learning that values data driven decision-making in creating and executing strategy

Priority: Impact measurement - Ability to measure and articulate impact

Priority: Adaptive strategy - Organizational strategies that reflect the complexity of the challenges being addressed, ensuring experimentation and flexibility in identifying creative solutions

Priority: Resilient, balanced financial structure - Operating models that are right-sized for the strategy, with resilient, balanced funding

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