What is capacity building and why is it important to nonprofit organizations?
Capacity Building is about the nonprofit’s ability to deliver its mission and increase their effectiveness and substance to their programs thereby increasing their sustainability. Building capacity is vitally important to the nonprofit organization because it is about the organization continually improving, and taking themselves to the next level of operations, programs, finances, or maturity and efficiently advancing the mission of their organization.
WF Capacity Building Initiative
In 2013, Wiregrass Foundation participated in the Grantee Perception Report (GPR) Survey conducted by the Council for Effective Philanthropy. 39 of 50 program grantees provided valuable feedback that WF has used to strengthen our organization. One of the many issues highlighted was the critical need for professional development being experienced by our area nonprofits. Most did not feel that the Wiregrass Foundation could be of assistance. However, we respectfully disagreed. Our mission statement begins with the phrase,
“To energize the spirit and potential of our local community….”
What better way to accomplish this mission than to strengthen area nonprofit organizations, maximizing their ability to serve the people of the Wiregrass? We committed to focusing foundation resources of time and money on helping to build nonprofit capacity. CapCONNECT is our major capacity building initiative. Through CapCONNECT we are working to align the expressed needs of our grantees for specific development with our goal to energize and facilitate stronger organizations. Our project is led by a Development Team of area nonprofit CEO’s (we call them “champions”) and is assisted by TCC-Group, a strategic design and development organization. CapCONNECT requires a true commitment by participating organizations, but provides organizational self-assessment, access to individual coaching, workshops, and peer convenings. Tying in to the guidelines developed through Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, CapCONNECT is
The Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) was made available at no charge to the nonprofits with individual interpretation sessions with TCC Group professionals. The CapCONNECT Development Team and Wiregrass Foundation received only aggregate data regarding the needs and priorities of the participants with regard to training and development.
Workshops are designed based on the CCAT and additional information obtained originally from the original Grantee Perception Report. Wiregrass Foundation’s CapCONNECT program has been privileged to provide the following workshops thus far:
Connecting Mission, Vision and Programs – TCC Group, Inc
Building the Board of Your Dreams – BoardSource
Demonstrating Impact –Custom Evaluation Services
Engage your Board, Increase Revenue and Long Term Funding Base – Fired Up Fundraising
Planning Your Way to Marketing Success – Big Duck Smart Communications for Nonprofits
Making Meaning Out of Your Money – FMA Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits
Small Strategic Wins: The Meaning – The Money, The Message –The Genius Group, Inc.
Governance Gone Good – SAGE Consulting Network
Making Collaboration Actually Work – Converge
Building Blocks for Successful Collaboration – Courtney Bourns Consulting
The ability to network and learn from other organizations continues to be an important part of the CapCONNECT program participants.
During the 2018-2019 year of the program participants will continue to have the benefit of experienced, dynamic presenters with topics on insights into areas that are beneficial to their organizations.
Stay tuned for more amazing CapCONNECT accomplishments!
CapCONNECT Non-profit partners:
- Alfred Saliba Family Services Center
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass
- Chrysalis – A Home for Girls
- Cultural Arts Center
- Dothan Education Foundation
- Dothan-Houston County Library System
- DuBois Institute
- Girls, Inc. – Dothan
- Healthy You
- Landmark Park
- Our Community, Inc.
- Patti Rutland Jazz
- Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging (SARCOA)
- Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center
- The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention
- Wiregrass Angel House
- Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity
- Wiregrass Hope Group
- Wiregrass Humane Society
- Wiregass United Way Food Bank of Dothan
- WRC, Inc.
- Wiregrass Museum of Art
- Wiregrass Spay & Neuter Alliance
- Wiregrass United Way
- Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1