Organizational Effectiveness

Human Capital Management

Investment Area: Human Capital Management

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. Please note: At this time, it is highly unlikely that we will consider unsolicited proposals seeking Organizational Effectiveness funding. 

​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.

People are what make nonprofit organizations go – however, resources for investing in the growth and development of the nonprofit workforce are limited. Organizational capacity, turnover, burnout, and other challenges plague the nonprofit sector. Through the Human Capital Management investment area, the Foundation aims to support our nonprofit partners in attracting and retaining high-performing staff and investing in their organizational culture, with a focus on creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations. We aim to support the development of competitive nonprofit career paths within organizations and the sector as a whole. The Foundation’s priorities within the Human Capital Management investment area are below.  

Priority: Talent acquisition and retention - Attracting and retaining high-quality talent with needed expertise 

Priority: Diversity, equity, and inclusion - Fostering organizational cultures and processes that result in diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations and improved DEI across the region

Priority: Competitive nonprofit career paths - Attractive nonprofit career paths that are competitive with other opportunities in SWPA


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