·This article describes the efforts of two foundations to sustain the ministries of Catholic sisters in two regions: northeast Ohio and South Carolina.
· Spanning more than 10 years, the initiative has drawn on multiple strategies – including convening, grantmaking, communicating, and research – in partnership with sisters themselves to sustain a diverse set of ministries.
· The work informs foundation practice by illuminating an approach to capacity development in very different regional contexts.
· Key lessons include being sensitive to the context, paying attention to both individual and organizational capacity, and the need for data.
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Small, M., Fischer, R. L., Berner, L., & Cooper-Lewter, S. K. (2014). Support for Sister-Affiliated Ministries During Challenging Times: Understanding a Foundation Initiative in Two Regions. The Foundation Review, 5(4). https://doi.org/10.9707/1944-5660.1179