Conference speakers included Dr. John Wimmer of the Religion Division of the Lilly Endowment, who spoke to FADICA on the issue of capacity building - foundation assistance that helps to develop and build a nonprofit's internal leadership and structure.
According to Dr. Wimmer, "philanthropy does its best work, when it surrounds its financial role with other gifts that work together to build capacity of its grantees."
There are four areas of capacity building where foundations can be especially valuable, said Dr. Wimmer
- asking the generative questions, offering financial resources for innovation and experimentation, providing a convening community, and evaluating as a learning experience.
". . .Religion in America has lost its percentage of total (U.S.)giving," Dr. Wimmer
"Religious organizations on the whole are not especially good at talking about money and not especially good at asking for money," he
Quoting a recent national survey on religious giving, Cardinal Foley said, "despite a massive growth in per capita income, the percentage of income donated declined rather than increased during the 20th Century," he
"I am personally convinced that generosity is related to faith", the Cardinal said.
"The greater and deeper our faith, the greater will be our generosity," he