One of the goals of the Nonprofit Network is to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing access to relevant best practice resources and capacity building information.
WHAT IS CAPACITY BUILDING?
The 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? The update or development of an organization’s strategic plan includes some degree of organizational assessment within the process, but a 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 Organization Support Grants.
12 ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITIES
Mission, Vision, Strategy, & Planning
Management Team Leadership
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Program Design & Evaluation
Human Resources Management
Marketing, Communications, & External Relations
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 http://www.tccccat.com/.
Cedar Rapids Public Library
The Cedar Rapids Public Library provides access to information to support nonprofit organizations. A few examples include access to Foundation Center Online, free online training through Lynda.com, and a downtown library nonprofit resource section.
Larned A. Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
A program of the University of Iowa, 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.
Linn Area Partners Active In Disaster
Linn Area Partners Active in Disaster (LAP-AID) comprises more than 40 health and human service providers and other key community organizations. Partners share resources and collaborate to build a better-prepared response to the disaster by reducing duplicated services and inefficiencies. LAP-AID itself is not a service entity. It is a collaboration of human service partners who voluntarily participate in helping coordinate resources in disaster response. Teams, led by different LAP-AID partner agencies, help during response and recovery.