Capacity building is an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of an organization. We Raise Foundation encourages Emerging Leader and GrantsPlus recipients to take advantage of We Raise team experts, as well as professional growth and networking opportunities to strengthen the program, the organization as a whole, and individual leadership skills. Through extensive conversation with our grantees and program partners, it has been overwhelmingly shared that the greatest need to ensure sustainability is fundraising and capacity building.

In response to this need, our strategic approach to being in partnership with our grantees includes educational support for resource development. In addition to each GrantsPlus financial award, We Raise will also provide a resource development assessment that includes an analysis of the grantee’s current fundraising plan, identification of opportunities for additional revenue streams, as well as an evaluation of operational efficiency.

For GrantsPlus grantees, in addition to the resource development assessment, We Raise Foundation staff will also:

  • Host and guide the nonprofit through the creation of an incentivized crowdfunding campaign , eligible for up to $20,000 in additional funding
  • Provide a foundation search service to connect the organization to other like-minded grant makers
  • Via a third party partner, we’ll provide the grantee organization with a wealth screening for up to 10,000 donor names

We Raise grantees are also invited to participate in reimbursable development activities. For GrantsPlus grantees, reimbursement of up to $2,500 is available each year of the grant term. For Emerging Leader grantees, reimbursement of $1,000 is available each year of the grant term.


Reimbursable capacity building activities include:

  • Professional development conferences or webinars
  • Join an association or community of practice (Association of Fundraising Professionals, Christian Community Development Association, etc.)
  • Invest in new technology (database, organizational video)
  • Or suggest an alternate activity to the Programs Team
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