It's the same old problem: Our charities need to get bigger. The problems they are attacking are huge. But charities struggle with growth and infrastrucutre. What's working? Who is funding the best work?
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) appears to be doing some solid work in the capacity building space. There's a good page here that summarizes the current state of thinking in the field. And here's an excellent summary of the current literature.
They work with 500 or so foundations, and I'll be reaching out to them to find specific success stories, get the inside story on what is actually working.
In the meantime, gratitude to GEO for doing much needed work to get foundations to focus on the business and infrastructure of charities, without which nothing good happens.