The Lab Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

Ensuring nonprofit leaders can innovate and succeed

Results from a recent survey of local nonprofit stakeholders revealed that a significant number of nonprofit leaders feel isolated in their roles, struggle to diversify their governing boards, and lack the resources to build capacity in their organizations. In fact, 38 percent of respondents reported their operational needs are not being met—that is, they do not feel equipped with the appropriate resources and skills to fulfill their organizations’ missions and respond effectively to our community’s needs.

What they do want, according to the survey, is leadership training—and, specifically, the opportunity to help design that training. 

The Lab Capacity Building Program provides a hub for established and emerging nonprofit leaders from local nonprofits to innovate and problem-solve. The program’s curriculum is a rigorous undertaking for cohort participants. Each cohort is made up of Executive Directors and emerging leaders from organizations serving the Sacramento region who attend sessions every month to identify and address a specific challenge that has stymied their organization’s ability to increase its community impact.

For questions about The Lab, contact Monica Haulman, Program Manager, at


The Lab is coordinated through a partnership between the Foundation and Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies.

The second cohort of The Lab is comprised of leaders from: American Leadership Forum - Mountain Valley Chapter, Cristo Rey Sacramento, Headwaters Science Institute, My Sister's House, Organize Sacramento, RISE Incorporated, Sacramento ACT, Sacramento Splash, Teach for America, The Library Of MusicLandria, Women's Empowerment, Yolo Food Bank, and Yolo County Children's Alliance.

The third cohort of The Lab is comprised of leaders from: Breathe California Sacramento Region; Center for Land-Based Learning; Hmong Youth and Parents United; Mandarins of Sacramento Inc.; Meristem; NAMI Sacramento; Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates; Sacramento History Museum; Sierra Service Project; Single Mom Strong; and The GreenHouse



Throughout the year, the Foundation launches competitive grant opportunities to fund the worthy work of local nonprofits. For the most current information for each granting programs, view our Grants Calendar and sign up for the Grants Registry.

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