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NONPROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING

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TRIBES

Since 2014, we have been working with our nonprofit grantees in a unique learning network called “Tribes.”  As we have learned over the years, it is most effective to provide our nonprofit grantees with more than funding for their programs, but also with support through coaching and group sessions with the nonprofit leaders.  We have found that this nonprofit networks learn together to achieve together.  We are fortifying these organizations with skills and training to create healthier organizations and collaborative opportunities to benefit their missions and our community as a whole.

NONPROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING

Each year, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation distributes a capacity survey to nonprofit organizations, their leadership and staff, across Southwest Florida. The survey is a self-assessment instrument that helps nonprofits identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity-building goals. Individual reports are built and shared with each organization that takes the assessment to use as a diagnostic and learning tool that provides a useful framework for measuring growth in capacity over time. Our hope is that nonprofits take the capacity assessment each year to use the results and changes as a catalyst for the organization’s key stakeholders to discuss the capacity of the organization. The Foundation uses the year-over-year collective results to learn about the continuous measurement of nonprofit capacity to help support the development of core skills, management practices, and systems within the individual nonprofit resulting in a stronger Southwest Florida community.

RESOURCES

2017 Regional Areas for Capacity Growth

These are the areas that were most often identified by Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations (NPOs) as places in need of improvement. Highlighted in yellow are the most frequently cited area of concern for local NPOs. Focusing on these areas will build NPO capacity in individual organizations and the region.

Leadership Adaptive Management Technical
Organization’s connectivity and use of strategic goals Strategic planning Active, growing donor base Having enough staff
Board diversity Development of new, relevant programs Performance targets linked to strategy Having enough technology for operations
Organization culture, identity Making adjustments based on performance data Formal, clear system for decision-making Database management, reporting

Capacity Building Resources

Considering the regional areas for capacity growth and your organizational scores, you may want to develop your own internal capacity building strategy. Based on the Nonprofit Capacity Survey results, here are some resources and tools that can help you build your organizational capacity in each of the capacity areas.

Leadership Adaptive Management Technical
Organizational goal-setting, measurement – Getting to Outcomes (GTO) Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders – Richard A. Mittenthal, TCC Group 5 Ideas That Will Give Your Donors a Reason to Stick Around – Nonprofit Hub How to Build A Stellar Nonprofit Staff – Social Velocity
Diversity on Nonprofit Boards – National Council of Nonprofits, Board Advocacy Guide – Florida Nonprofit Alliance Design thinking – Rosanna Tran (California HealthCare Foundation) and Srik Gopal (FSG): American Evaluation Association Coffee Break Webinar 6 Steps to Nonprofit Performance Management – Social Solutions Nonprofit Tech for Good – A Social & Mobile Media Blog for Nonprofits
Boards that Make a Difference by John Carver Report and Support Use – Better Evaluation Decision-making Tools – Bridgespan Group Finding the Right Donor Database for Your Nonprofit –Nonprofit Hub

2016 Regional Areas for Capacity Growth

These are the areas that were most often identified by Southwest Florida nonprofit organizations (NPOs) as places in need of improvement. Highlighted in yellow are the most frequently cited area of concern for local NPOs. Focusing on these areas will build NPO capacity in individual organizations and the region.

Leadership Adaptive Management Technical
Board diversity Strategic planning Active, growing donor base Having enough staff
Organization’s connectivity and use of strategic goals Development of new, relevant programs Formal, clear system for decision-making Having enough technology for operations
Communication between Board, leadership Making adjustments based on performance data Performance targets linked to strategy Marketing, services, retailing

Capacity Building Resources

Considering the regional areas for capacity growth and your organizational scores, you may want to develop your own internal capacity building strategy. Based on the Nonprofit Capacity Survey results, here are some resources and tools that can help you build your organizational capacity in each of the capacity areas.

Leadership Adaptive Management Technical
Diversity on Nonprofit Boards – National Council of Nonprofits Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders – Richard A. Mittenthal, TCC Group 5 Ideas That Will Give Your Donors a Reason to Stick Around – Nonprofit Hub How to Build A Stellar Nonprofit Staff – Social Velocity
Organizational goal-setting, measurement – Getting to Outcomes (GTO) Design thinking – Rosanna Tran (California HealthCare Foundation) and Srik Gopal (FSG): American Evaluation Association Coffee Break Webinar Decision-making Tools – Bridgespan Group Nonprofit Tech for Good – A Social & Mobile Media Blog for Nonprofits
Boards that Make a Difference by John Carver Report and Support Use – Better Evaluation 6 Steps to Nonprofit Performance Management – Social Solutions FRANK – resource for public good messaging