Capacity-building projects support the capacity development of grantees on issues related to civic engagement, economic opportunity, sustainability, and quality of life.

Literacy Design Collaborative

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a significant and well-funded education initiative called the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to support teachers as well as schools, districts, and states around the country to implement the Common Core State Standards for literacy in K-12 education. LDC provides teachers with a guiding framework that includes tools such as high-quality lesson plan content, webinars, online platforms for sharing instruction plans, and networking events such as convenings. Now an independent organization, the initiative continues to grow, providing more resources for school districts, states, and professional development organizations around the country.

Alaska Venture Fund

Part incubator, catalyst, and change maker, the Alaska Venture Fund attracts and deploys philanthropic capital to empower Alaskans to map, build, and secure a sustainable future for the country’s largest state. The fund leads, convenes, and invests in a wide variety of efforts at the intersection of indigenous rights, conservation, community wellbeing, and a healthy economy.