Information Network

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Strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing access to relevant best practice resources and capacity building information.


Mission, Vision, Strategy, & Planning
Management Team Leadership
Board Leadership
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Program Design & Evaluation
Human Resources Management
Legal Resources
Financial Management
Fund Development
Marketing, Communications, & External Relations
Information Technology

What is Capacity Building?

Capacity building enables nonprofit organizations to develop the strategies, systems, structures, and skills they need to strengthen their organization.  Where a nonprofit organization needs to build capacity depends on many factors, including its age, operating budget, program model(s), and revenue base.

How does an organization determine priorities in building its capacity?  Update or development of an organization’s strategic plan includes some degree of organizational assessment within the process, but more formal organizational assessment may also be appropriate.

The Community Foundation seeks to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations through the Nonprofit Network and through capacity-building grants from the Organizational Development Fund.

Organizational Assessment Tools

Organizational Assessment (Adapted from Social Venture Partners “Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool 2006” and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity 2016”) 

Free Microsoft Word download here.

SVP Organizational Capacity Building Assessment Tool 2006

Free Excel download here.

McKinsey’s OCAT: Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool

Free online for use by individual nonprofits here.

TCC’s CCAT: Core Capacity Assessment Tool

Available for purchase for use by both individual nonprofits and funders at


Cedar Rapids Public Library

Access to Foundation Center Online, free online training through, and a downtown library nonprofit resource section are just a few of the ways the library supports the Nonprofit Network through access to information.

Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center

Located on the University of Iowa campus, the Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center strives to help Iowa’s charitable nonprofit organizations become more effective in building their communities. Their publication, Iowa Principles and Practices for Charitable Nonprofit Excellence, is the go-to resource guide for new and existing nonprofits. Their signature workshop “Starting an Iowa Charitable Nonprofit Corporation” assists those interested in creating a nonprofit organization.


Carrie Walker, Nonprofit Network Coordinator: 319.774.2375 /