What is Capacity Building?

Oftentimes, I am asked “what is capacity building”? So. I thought it would be a good idea to blog about it and share my perspective.  Especially, since I have researched, lectured, and trained on the topic.  To that end, the process for building capacity of a nonprofit organization employs a three-step process, for building capacity and advances a course of action to capacity build, for community engagement. The steps involve: 1) Defining or refining a collective mission and vision, indicative of the purpose of the nonprofit to meet their communities’ needs through community engagement; 2) identifying strengths and weaknesses relative to organization capacity; and 3) crafting and implementing a plan of action for capacity building. In addition, the strategies for capacity building are coordinated in a customized fashion—based on the organization’s capacity-building needs. This procedure generates a plan for capacity enhancement and the foundation for meeting the challenges and opportunities that emerge within the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit.   

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