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Commissioned by the Wallace Foundation as part of a three-part series on strengthening out-of-school time (OST), this paper looks at the role that foundations can play in building OST nonprofits' organizational capacity. In it, we suggest seven possible approaches to strengthening OST organizations, including methods to ensure that providers become stronger partners with other groups and more adept advocates for their field.

OST Nonprofits as Change Agents
In the national debate over how to reframe learning opportunities, many agree that it is not enough to simply lengthen the school day and year. Central to this new vision for learning is the role that OST nonprofits play in operating after school and summer learning programs throughout the country. These nonprofits have the potential to be powerful change agents in developing, implementing, evaluating, and advocating for a new vision of learning in which all children get the opportunities they need to succeed in the 21st century.

Developing High-Impact Organizations
What supports will enable OST nonprofits to become a powerful collective “force for good” working together to support access to an array of integrated learning supports for all children? This paper answers that question by provoking a broad discussion about what is necessary to meet the challenges of developing high-impact nonprofits that work together and with others to create a system of diverse and quality learning opportunities from prekindergarten through high school.

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