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Do Capacity Building Programs Help Nonprofits Achieve Better Results?

Note from Beth:My long-time colleague, Teresa Crawford, Executive Director, Social Sector Accelerator, shares some thoughts about nonprofit capacity building programs based on extensive research.  Her answer to the question about capacity building programs leading to better impact will surprise you.

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How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit.  A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.

Reflection requires hitting the pause button and asking and answering questions.  … Read More

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question:  How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Did you read books, take classes, or have a coach? I answered yes to all, but more importantly I think these two methods helped me the most:

  1. Carve out time for reflection after each training and do an after-action review with yourself.
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Creating A Global Network of Capacity Builders for Social Change

I’ve always benefited from learning from colleagues who do nonprofit technology training and capacity but often we come from the same perspective.   I’ve always dreamed of accessing a diverse network of people who do nonprofit capacity across different disciplines  or what Nancy White has described as “learning from adjacent practices.”

This would be a network or community of practice that freely shares and learns from one another about training and capacity building that is participatory, peer-learningnetworked, makes use of design thinking, openly shared and a prelude to collective action.… Read More

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness.  Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.  According to the survey of funders about capacity building completed by GrantCraft, the top five areas of capacity building that funders most likely support include: leadership, strategic planning, financial management, governance, and fundraising.  … Read More