The purpose of the capacity-building program is to support the development of stronger, more resilient community-based nonprofit organizations to serve the community effectively and meaningfully.

Capacity building funds are designed to strengthen community-based nonprofit organizations by helping them improve internal governance and leadership, cultivate strategic community linkages, and develop financial and human resources for long-term stability. Building organizational capacity is a long-term, evolutionary process.

Grant Recipients participate in a Capacity-Building Program that includes:

  • A diagnostic assessment at the beginning of the grant year to evaluate current conditions and determine capacity building priorities; and again at the end of the grant year to evaluate program outcomes.

  • A prioritized organizational development plan to address assessment findings.

  • Individualized training and/or external training opportunities, as needed.

  • Coaching and consulting in the organizational areas that have been selected to be strengthened.

  • Interaction and development with key staff or volunteers and board members.

  • Peer Learning/Networking.

  • Targeted funding to support an area of the developmental plan.

Participating organizations establish a “leadership team” that includes three to four (3 – 4) people in a combination of staff or volunteers and board members. The ideal team would be two (2) staff and/or volunteers and two (2) board members. Members of this leadership team attend meetings and trainings, meet with consultants, as appropriate, and are fully invested in the success of the project.

Our Capacity-Building Grant Programs


The purpose of the Intensive Services Capacity-Building Program is to support the creation of stronger, more resilient community-based nonprofit organizations to serve the community effectively and meaningfully.


The Strategic Action Planning Grant Program supports the efforts of “ready” organizations to examine their mission and the environment in which they work in order to create an action plan to achieve their goals.

PACE Consulting

In May 2012, Program To Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) expanded its services and support to the region’s nonprofits and launched a new division: PACE Consulting. PACE Consulting provides direct, fee-based consulting and training services for nonprofit organizations, funders, institutions of higher education, government agencies, and community leaders. Created in response to demand for unique skills and experiences, PACE Consulting will increase the amount of culturally competent, capacity-building services available in the region, enhancing services previously offered by PACE.

PACE Consulting clients include: ALCOA, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Carlow University, Children’s Museum, City of Pittsburgh, Duquesne Light, The Forbes Funds, McAuley Ministries, Olszak Management Consulting, Inc., Pittsburgh Public Schools, United States District Courts and United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Education, Knowledge Development, Advocacy

PACE believes in the importance of adding our voice to the chorus of those advocating for the nonprofit sector on the local, statewide and national level. To this end we are participating members in the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO), Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Americans For The Arts (AFTA), and the National Alliance for Nonprofit Management. We directly and indirectly provide focused learning opportunities for our grantees and clients and we feature research relevant to our constituents and the greater funding community interested in their issues.

PACE is also proud to be a facilitator of conversations between Pittsburghers from different backgrounds and organizations looking for an opportunity to connect to one another, learn from one another and understand each other through our annual Inclusive Voices Luncheon.