Refers to activities that strengthen an organization’s ability to better fulfill its mission. These activities might include — strategic planning, updating its communications strategy, technology upgrades, operational improvements, board development, and improving its community and volunteer engagement.
“Capacity building is an investment in the future sustainability of a nonprofit. It is not just about the capacity of a nonprofit today — it’s about the future. Distinct capacity building projects such as identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, developing a leadership succession plan, identifying more efficient uses of technology, and engaging in collaborations with community partners — all build the capacity of a charitable nonprofit to effectively deliver its mission in the future. When capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, and enhances the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.” — National Council on Nonprofits
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Tobi Johnson & Associates helps organizations with building capacity through a wise and targeted investment in their volunteer programming. We help organizations identify and replace ineffective volunteer management approaches with research-based practices that have proven success.