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Despite the increasing attention and recent activities by innovative leaders, there remain several challenges to increasing the broader use and adoption of PRI strategies. CAP is committed to overcoming these barriers to adoption by working with foundations, donors, and nonprofit to help them move forward from interest to implementation.Together with our partners, CAP’s activities are increasingly focused on helping foundations understand where PRI strategies could work best and how to develop the relevant capacity.
Our current pipeline includes advisory work with foundations to evaluate and implement PRI strategies - and with nonprofits who are keen to develop PRI strategies with current funders. Some recent examples of our current work include:
CAP recently completed a strategic evaluation and assessment of PRI opportunities for one of the country’s largest community-based foundations that included a historic review of prior grantees and the potential for future opportunities to make program related investments to similar grantees to extend the foundation's capacity at a time of more limited resources. We identified significant PRI opportunities that aligned to their strategy and mission, and in conversations with community and grantee stakeholders we found meaningful ways for the Foundation to further explore these opportunities, as well as creating capital for future co-funding partners in the community. We also provided context for how these opportunities fit in the broader national context of program and mission related investments and the role this could play in extending the Foundations resources.
As practioners and in our board roles, we are actively involved on a regular basis in the oversight of millions of dollars of PRI activity as well as complex NMTC and other complex philanthropic capital initiatives. Our work has included the oversight of small but critical working capital needs loans to a range of much larger capacity building PRI initiatives that are leading the way in their sectors. We have also provided sector and market analysis focusing on the work of both regional and national players in this space and the opportunities to catalyze this work at a local and regional level.
Moving Forward - in addition to our current activities, moving forward, CAP is planning to:
- Expand the National Dialogue on Program Related Investments
- Help Strong Nonprofits Find Financing
- Expand our Community Foundation Initiatives
- Expand our Working Capital/Relief Efforts with Health and Human Services organizations
If you are interested in learning more about how CAP can partner with you to understand, structure or implement PRI or other mission investments, please contact us at: email@example.com