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Building the Healthiest Community in the World


We know that great programs depend on great organizations, so St. David’s Foundation invests in the organizational health of our grant partners through the Foundation’s CapacityWorks program.  CapacityWorks provides a set of tools for grant partners to strengthen the fundamentals that lead to greater effectiveness.  By building up these capacities, grant partners can more effectively focus on their missions and meet the rapidly shifting needs in Central Texas. 

Strengthening NonProfit Capacity

CapacityWorks offers 3 different ways for grant partners to invest in their organizational health:

Grants: Grant partners may apply for funding to support capacity building projects related to, for example:

  • Evaluation and learning
  • Staff/board leadership
  • Financial management
  • Strategic planning
  • Communications/marketing

Learning Labs: Through periodic workshops and retreats, CapacityWorks Learning Labs provide grant partners with cutting edge information and research related to best practices in nonprofit management and governance. Please check our website for information on upcoming Learning Lab topics. 

Capacity Academy: A 3-year capacity-building initiative for a cohort of grant partners, which provides grant funding, access to executive coaching, and participation in a learning community. Participation to the Capacity Academy is through a competitive application process, and by invitation only. The pilot class was selected in November 2014 and an evaluation of the pilot will drive Academy design in subsequent years. Current participants are:

  • AGE of Central Texas
  • Any Baby Can
  • Austin Child Guidance Center
  • Capital IDEA
  • Communities in Schools-Central Texas
  • Family Crisis Center
  • Sustainable Food Center

Resources for Grant Partners

For more information about CapacityWorks, please contact Becky Pastner at or (512) 879-6237.