Move from Grantmaker to Changemaker

Session materials from PEAK2019.

As a part of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment’s move from grantmaker to changemaker, the Endowment recognized the need for it to play a new role in supporting capacity building among its grantees, applicants, and potential applicants. Despite existing community resources, a gap continued to exist in grantee knowledge and skill in areas such as partnership development, strategic planning, evaluation, communication and marketing, and advocacy, among others. By using Endowment resources – both traditional funding and non-funding investments – for capacity building efforts, the Endowment is better able to support its grantees to increase reach in their communities and achieve greater impact while also maximizing the Endowment’s resource investment towards achieving its mission to improve health. The presentation will discuss the steady progression that the Endowment has taken to ramp up its capacity building efforts, from providing the physical space for grantee dissemination to offering targeted interactive learning opportunities and one-on-one support opportunities to our future direction of moving capacity building efforts from a separate body of work to being ingrained across the Endowment in how all staff individually and collectively do their work and engage with grantees. Attendees will learn how institutionalizing continuous learning as a value within the Endowment and among its grantees and partners is key to advancing individual organization missions and collective efforts to improve health for all Wisconsin residents.

Participants will learn about:

One foundation’s efforts to go beyond the traditional funder role to invest in grantees and partners

Mechanisms to invest funding and other resources in support of capacity building among diverse community organizations and community-academic partnerships

Tactics to ingrain capacity building and continuous learning in the culture of a foundation

Tracy Wilson

Program Officer

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin

With the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, Tracy has focused her recent efforts on developing and implementing the capacity building component to provide additional support and resources to AHW’s partners and stakeholders across the state. Prior to taking on this role, Tracy conducted grants management for AHW’s community-MCW academic partnership projects and supported the initial launch of AHW’s policy, systems, and environmental change funding. Through this work, she has built relationships with AHW stakeholders and partners to learn about assets and resources as well as the challenges that projects and public health work in general present and some of the barriers and capacity needs experienced by partners – all of which have informed AHW’s capacity building efforts. Tracy received her Masters in Public Health from UW-Madison.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Knowledge Management: Capture and apply knowledge to promote learning and improvement.
  • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.