Lutheran Foundation has a rich history of supporting capacity building and seeking opportunities to strengthen organizations. In addition to providing funding, the Foundation partners with Send Me St. Louis to offer capacity building support to area congregations and faith-based organizations. Click here to learn more about Send Me St. Louis and how your congregation/organization can access these valuable services.
Through our new strategic funding plan, we are continuing to focus our funding for programs and ministries in targeted focus areas. Within these focus areas, Lutheran Foundation recognizes that churches, ministries, and organizations must be healthy in order to provide transformative and impactful services. To be effective, they may need to devote time and resources to infrastructure so that they can continue to be a resource for others.
Capacity Building refers to “whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future.”[i] Lutheran Foundation supports efforts that maximize human and financial resources in the communities that are being served. We live our core value of Stewardship by providing funding to those institutions when they identify challenges and seek solutions to strengthen their organization and programs.
[i] Chandler, J. & Scott Kennedy, K. (2015) “A Network Approach to Capacity Building.” National Council of Nonprofits. Retrieved from https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/sites/default/files/documents/a-network-approach-to-capacity-building.pdf