Research Report An Assessment of the Strengthening Communities Fund Capacity-Building Program
Carol J. De Vita, Elaine Morley, Erwin de Leon, Saunji D. Fyffe, Sarah L. Pettijohn
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The Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was designed to build organizational capacity of faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) so they could contribute to economic recovery and help ensure that information and services available through ARRA reached disadvantaged populations. An extensive evaluation undertaken by the Urban Institute assessed SCF services, promising practices, and challenges that emerged during the two-year SCF initiative. It found many FBCOs assisted through SCF reported expanding their organizational capacity, however measuring SCF's return on investment was inconclusive because of the relatively short timeframe that SCF operated.
Research Areas Nonprofits and philanthropy
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy