Capacity Building

McAuley Ministries encourages nonprofits by supporting leadership development, strategic planning, and better management systems. (Photo by Carmon Rinehart)

McAuley Ministries assists nonprofit organizations serving the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to enhance their ability to fulfill their missions by strengthening nonprofit governance and leadership; strategic and business planning; program development; technology and information systems; management systems and practices; and financial resources. McAuley Ministries will also serve as a convener to encourage collaboration and strategic alliances for greater collective impact. Priority will be given to:

  • Leadership development and growing the next generation of leaders.
  • Strategic planning and program-specific planning to accelerate innovation.
  • General operating support for mission-critical organizations that demonstrate the capacity to produce outcomes for residents and the community.
  • Convenings that encourage strategic alliances and enhance collective impact; support for planning and operationalizing alliances.
  • Limited capital funding for facilities and technology linked to programming and operational improvements that are consistent with our grantmaking priorities.

Grant Highlights

Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh has used general operating grants to fulfill its mission to work with residents and business owners to build a vibrant Uptown community. Uptown Partners has strengthened relationships with the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Building Inspection and Department of Public Works to report and correct code violations; completed a vacant property inventory to survey, document, and rate all of Uptown’s vacant buildings and then use the findings to identify acquisition priorities for development projects, appropriate demolitions, and follow-up on problem properties; and engaged residents in community cleanups, tree plantings, and beautification efforts.

Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship used capital funding to renovate its Drop-In Center, which is often the gateway to services for persons who are homeless. The Drop-In Center offers meals, clothing, shower and laundry facilities, and counseling.