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Capacity Building

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Capacity building is a set of activities and decisions that strengthens an organization’s operations and enables it to better achieve its MISSION.

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Capacity Building

  1. 1. Capacity Building
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Definition <ul><li>Capacity building is a set of activities and decisions that strengthens an organization’s operations and enables it to better achieve its MISSION . </li></ul>
  4. 4. Goals To build the sustainability of crucial child-serving nonprofits in St. Louis area;  To strengthen leadership skills amongst nonprofit leaders and boards; and To model a more trusting and candid relationship between funders and grantees.
  5. 5. Capacity Builders <ul><li>Foundations </li></ul><ul><li>Associations </li></ul><ul><li>Government Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Management Support Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Academics </li></ul>
  6. 6. Typical Organizational Needs <ul><li>Financial Management </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Facility Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Fund Development </li></ul><ul><li>Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Governance Training </li></ul><ul><li>Program Design & Development </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources Management & Training </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Training </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Support </li></ul><ul><li>Organization Development </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics Education </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Capacity Building <ul><li>Short Term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Long Term </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-Dimensional </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training & Education </li></ul><ul><li>Grant-Focused Support </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Resource </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Coaching </li></ul>
  8. 8. Activities <ul><li>Board Development </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Coaching </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Fiscal Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Information Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>Program Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Development </li></ul><ul><li>Succession Planning </li></ul>
  9. 9. Core Elements of DF Impact Partnership <ul><li>Development of a multi-year capacity building plan with funds to implement it; </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing training and education sessions; </li></ul><ul><li>Peer exchanges and learning; </li></ul><ul><li>Regular coaching and consultation from Deaconess Foundation staff and consultants. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Process <ul><li>Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Peer Group Formation </li></ul><ul><li>Theory of Change & Logic Model </li></ul><ul><li>Design Evaluation System </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building Plan Development </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Doesn’t Capacity Building Happen Naturally? <ul><li>Program is Priority </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of Options </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: Money & Time </li></ul><ul><li>Funders Don’t Pay </li></ul><ul><li>Silo Behavior </li></ul>
  12. 12. Non Threatening Issues Annual Reports Board Members Awards Symptoms Personnel Public Image Program Size Facilities
  13. 13. Non Threatening Issues Annual Reports Board Members Awards Symptoms Personnel Threatening Issues Work Style Ongoing Conflicts Decision Making Leadership Style Board Attitudes Culture Pay Practices Morale/Turnover Public Image Program Size Facilities
  14. 14. Core Capacities The ability of all organizational leaders to create & sustain the vision, inspire, model, prioritize, make decisions, provide direction, & innovate, all in an effort to achieve the organizational mission. Leadership Capacity The ability of a nonprofit organization to monitor, assess, and respond to internal and external changes. Adaptive Capacity The ability of a nonprofit organization to ensure the effective and efficient use of organizational resources. Management Capacity The ability of a nonprofit organization to implement all of the key organizational and programmatic functions. Technical Capacity Core Capacities Source: TCC
  15. 15. Nonprofit Lifecycle
  16. 17. Keys to Capacity Building Success <ul><li>Nonprofit Has Choices About Capacity Building Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis On Outcomes & Accountability </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis On Learning What Works and What Does Not </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building Built Into Day-to-Day </li></ul>
  17. 18. Effective Capacity Building <ul><li>Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Customized </li></ul><ul><li>Competence-Based </li></ul><ul><li>Timely </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-Connected </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment-Based </li></ul><ul><li>Readiness-Based </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualized </li></ul>
  18. 19. Ingredients of Sustainability Internal Leadership Applying a mission-centered, focused, and inclusive approach to making decisions, as well as inspiring and motivating people to act on them Fundraising Skills Developing resources necessary for efficient operations, including management of donor relations Program Staffing Making staffing changes as needed to increase and improve programs and service delivery Empowering Promoting proactivity, learning, and a belief in the value and ability of staff and client Leader Vision Formulating a clear vision and motivating others to pursue it
  19. 20. Critical Elements <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>“ Capacity building has given us the capability to take advantage of great opportunities, strengthen our vision, and grow in new directions.” </li></ul><ul><li>--Melanie Scheetz, Executive Director, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>I wake up each morning determined to change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes that makes planning the day a little difficult. </li></ul><ul><li>- E.B. White </li></ul>

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