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Capacity Building Resources for Funders

Support Nonprofit Resilience

From community foundations to private family foundations, funders are taking a renewed look at capacity building grants. Building capacity is needed now more than ever to counter-balance the impact of severe budget cut-backs, both in state/federal grants, and the reduction of other sources of revenue, such as gifts by private individuals and other philanthropic sources. Consequently, there is a growing recognition that investments are needed to ensure a strong foundation for future sustainability. (Examples: helping boards and staff understand their own financial model, and board training so that board members understand how to read financial statements and participate in resource development).

We offer the resources below as a starting point for funders seeking to understand the important role their work can play in capacity building for the sector.

What is Capacity Building?
Examples of Effective Capacity Building
Evaluating Capacity Building Efforts
Who Funds Capacity Building?

Read about sustainable and sound management practices for charitable nonprofits.