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					Best Practices in
Capacity Building
            January 26, 2007
     Chesapeake Bay Funders Network




                         Paul Connolly
                      Senior Vice President
                           TCC Group
                  50 East 42nd Street, 19th Floor
                       New York, NY 10017
                     (212) 949-0990 ext. 218
                     pconnolly@tccgrp.com
                     Agenda


     What is “capacity building”?
     Why invest in capacity building?
     Capacity building strategies
     Examples of capacity building
      initiatives
     Lessons learned



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What is Capacity Building?
        What Is Capacity Building?


     Any activity that strengthens nonprofit
      performance and impact.


     “A process of developing and strengthening
      skills, instincts, processes, and resources that
      organizations and communities need to survive,
      adapt, and thrive in a fast changing world.”
                                            -Ann Philbin




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    Organizational Capacity




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               Nonprofit Capacity
                Building Needs

     4 Core Capacities:
        Adaptive
        Leadership
        Management
        Technical


     Adaptive and Leadership Capacity:
        Crucial for nonprofits, but often overlooked


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        Capacity Building Activities

       Organizational assessment
       Business planning
       Evaluation
       Financial systems
       Fund development
       Board development
       Technology upgrades
       Collaborations/strategic restructuring


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        Methods of Providing
     Capacity Building Assistance

     Referrals
     Research
     Publications
     Training and education
     Peer exchanges
     Convening
     Consulting


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Why Invest in Capacity Building?
          Reasons for Funders to
        Invest in Capacity Building

      Enhance program impact
      Increase nonprofit and community
       sustainability
      Leverage philanthropic dollars




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Capacity Building “Readiness”
         Nonprofit CB “Readiness”


      Practical ability to participate and benefit
        Key board and staff members have sufficient time available to
         devote to capacity-building work.
        Staff is somewhat stable and is not turning over quickly.
        Organization has basic systems and processes.
        Organization is not in the midst of a crisis.
        Organization has a basically functional culture, with an adequate
         degree of mutual respect and cooperation among staff and board.
        Organization has some previous experience in capacity-building
         and working with external advisors.
        Organization has a clear need and plan to strengthen its capacity.
        Organization has adequate financial resources to implement and
         sustain some of the capacity-building strategies it identifies.


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         Nonprofit CB “Readiness”


      Motivation and willingness to participate
       and benefit
        Key board and staff members are open to
         learning.
        Key board and staff members are motivated to
         change.
        Board and staff leaders have a shared
         commitment to enhance the organization’s
         effectiveness.
        Organization has had some previous positive
         experience with organizational change.


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Capacity Building Strategies
            Capacity Building Strategies

                                                             Funders
                                                                 Capital          Grants to
                    General                                   financing to         capacity                           Knowledge
                                           Direct                                                        Grants to
                   operating                                 capacity builders     builders                               and
                                        management                                                      researchers,
                    support                                        and
                                         assistance                                                    educators, and information
                                                              intermediaries
                     grants                                                                              conveners          is shared
                                                                         Capacity                           Researchers,
                                                                       builders and                    educators and conveners
                                                                      intermediaries                     conduct research, evaluate,
      Program                                                                                           educate, train, organize peer
                              Grants                    Capital
     grants that                                                                 Knowledge              networks and convene NGOs
                              specifically to         financing
        address               increase                                               and
                                                        to NGOs
     organizational           organizational                      Capital       information
     effectiveness            effectiveness                     financing Capacityis shared                    Knowledge
                                                                  to NGOs building                                 and
                                                                                 services to                  information is
                                                                                   NGOs                            shared


                                           Nonprofit Organizations
                Improve their organizational effectiveness and performance, resulting in a stronger nonprofit sector and stronger
                                                                  communities




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                National Trends
              in Capacity Building

      Funders are providing longer, deeper support

      Increased use of organizational assessments to
       conduct diagnosis and track progress

      Realization that coaching and peer exchange
       have a high “bang for the buck”

      Progress with evaluating capacity building efforts




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       Mixing and Matching Services
         Based on Need - Example

     Participating   Consulting Coaching     Peer   Training Convening
     Organization:                         Exchange

     Mesa Grande
     Multi-Service                                            
     Center
     Big Brothers-
     Big Sisters                                             

     YWCA
                                                             

     YouthForce
                                                              




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       Examples of
Capacity Building Initiatives
         Examples of Long-Term
       Capacity Building Initiatives

      Pfizer Foundation (HIV/AIDS groups)
      Irvine Foundation (arts organizations)
      Challenge Fund for Journalism




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Lessons Learned
               Lessons Learned


      Focus on mission
      Commit for the long haul
      Customize
      Build on nonprofits’ strengths




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