Peer Learning Cohorts

Select nonprofits work together for 36 months to become more efficient and effective leaders, so their organizations operate at peak performance.

How Do Cohorts Work?

Each year, our Capacity Building Program forms a Peer Learning Cohort consisting of select nonprofits that agree to work together for 36 months at becoming more efficient, effective, and cooperative. They dig deep on leadership development, continuous learning processes, managing, planning, oversight, and generating resources. The goal: to help vital nonprofits operate at peak performance.

The organizations involved represent a breadth of services being offered in San Antonio, from after-school activities to distressed housing restoration to mental health support and more. Each nonprofit is provided with an external assessment using the Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT), which helps orient them to the work ahead. In the first year, cohort members meet on five occasions, connecting through peer learning opportunities, and creating the potential for lasting collaborations that can benefit communities for years to come. A list of all the partners can be found here.

Starting in 2024, the H. E. Butt Foundation’s Capacity Building Program and the UP Partnership’s Future Ready program will join forces to help San Antonio youth-serving organizations ensure an equitable future for the next generation. The Capacity Building Program will work solely with Future Ready partner organizations over the next three years. 

Capacity Building is based out of our San Antonio office at 140 West Sunset Road, San Antonio, TX 78209.

We are no longer taking program inquiries, but for general inquiries, please contact Meg Loomis.

Previous Cohorts

Cohort 6 (2022-2023)
Cohort 5 (2021-2022)
Cohort 4 (2020-2021)
Cohort 3 (2019-2020)
Cohort 2 (2018-2019)
Cohort 1 (2017-2018)

Cohort Spotlights

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