The Pierce Family Foundation’s primary focus is on nonprofits working in housing and homelessness, and helping those nonprofits to build the capacity they need to operate effectively. The Foundation understands the real costs nonprofits face, and so supports “full mission funding,” providing unrestricted general operating dollars for the essentials that keep organizations strong and programs thriving—things like staffing, technology, and fundraising capacity.
We know that nonprofits rarely fail because their programs aren't needed or because their vision is limited; when they fail, it is because they are unable to meet fixed costs or adequately invest in operating essentials. We understand that the greatest challenges faced by nonprofit organizations relate to the lack of support for their organizational development needs. That is why, in addition to providing grants, the Foundation supports capacity building through workshops, peer skill sharing, and nonprofit support specialists that help core grantees with organizational challenges ranging from strategic planning to IT needs to fundraising.