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Capacity Building for Nonprofits: Resources

Resources for Nonprofit Capacity Building

"The term 'capacity building' refers to the process of strengthening an organization in order to improve its performance and impact" (from Strengthening Nonprofit Performance: A Funder's Guide to Capacity Building, Fieldstone Alliance, p. 7). Thus, there are many types of activities involved in nonprofit capacity building. Authenticity Consulting is pleased to provide one of the world's largest collections of well-organized, free, on-line resources for nonprofit capacity building. Each of the Web links below is to many other links to other useful resources, as well. The reader might start by reviewing some of the publications about capacity building to get an overall sense of the "territory" and then select which specific topics are most useful to review. Consider completing any of the on-line courses and joining an on-line group, as well.

Publications About Nonprofit Capacity Building

Feasibility Analysis to Start New Nonprofit, Program or Venture
Starting a Nonprofit, Program or Venture
Developing Your Board of Directors
Role of Chief Executive
Understanding Organization Development and Change
Business and Strategic Planning
Program Design and Marketing
Fundraising
Staffing
Financial Management
Program Evaluation

Our, Free, On-line Courses
Free Management Library (sm)
On-Line Discussion Groups, Newsletters, etc.


Publications About Nonprofit Capacity Building

There are an increasing number of publications about the general topic of nonprofit capacity building. The following list will help you to get you started. Some items on the list are not available as on-line articles and need to be ordered from the publisher.

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Feasibility Analysis to Start New Nonprofit, Program or Venture (links to lots of links)

Whether you're starting a new nonprofit, a new program or some other kind of new venture, there are certain considerations that you must make. We've identified those considerations for you and point you to useful free resources to help you make those considerations wisely. See our
Preparation for Planning a Business Venture

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Starting a New Nonprofit, Program or Venture (links to lots of links)

One you've decided to start a new nonprofit, a new program or some other kind of new venture, the following link is to resources that provide step-by-step instructions. See our guidelines in
How to start nonprofit venture (everything you need to know to start a nonprofit)

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Developing Your Board of Directors

We provide you one of the world's largest collections of free, well-organized resources about Boards of Directors. See our
Complete Free Toolkit for Boards

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Understanding Organization Development and Change (links to lots of links)

We're experts at nonprofit organization development and change -- read more about Authenticity Consulting, LLC. To view resources about organization development and change, see:
Overview of Organizational Change

To learn more about the profession of organization development (OD), see the OD Library developed by Carter McNamara of Authenticity Consulting, LLC. It's one of the world's largest collections of well-organized, free, resources about organization development and change.

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Role of Chief Executive (links to lots of links)

The chief executive, commonly called executive director, usually plays a critical role in organizing the initial board of directors and supporting them to carry out their roles. See our guidelines in
Role of Chief Executive

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Business Planning and Strategic Planning (links to lots of links)

The following links provide complete guidelines and samples for both types of planning.
How to conduct nonprofit business planning (guidelines and samples)
How to conduct strategic planning (guidelines and samples)

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Program Development and Marketing (links to lots of links)

Obviously, nonprofits count on their programs to deliver services to their clientele. Yet, it's amazing how little information there is available about designing and marketing a program! We provide complete guidelines for you to design and market your program. We also provide extensive resources about further marketing your program, including advertising, promoting, selling services, and maintaining strong public relations. See our
Basic Guide to Program Design and Marketing (complete guidelines)
Advertising and Promotions (basics, guidelines and samples)
All About Marketing (basics, research, pricing, promoting, etc.
All About Sales (basics and advanced information)
Public and media relations (basics and advanced information)

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Nonprofit Fundraising (links to lots of links)

Once you've got a good sense about what you need to implement your strategic plan and your programs, then you have a good depiction of your financial needs. Now's a good time to understand
Nonprofit Fundraising and Grantwriting

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Staffing (links to lots of links)

Nonprofits and for-profits have almost the same needs when staffing their organizations. See our
Free On-Line Guide to Staffing
Volunteer Management

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Managing Nonprofit Finances (links to lots of links)

Whether you're starting a new nonprofit or program or operating a current nonprofit or program, you must know how to manage your finances. See our
Basic Guide to Managing Nonprofit Finances

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Program Evaluation (links to lots of links)

Program evaluation can be conducted to assess and conclude the quality of a program's processes, progress toward reaching goals, impact on clients, etc. See our
Basic Guide to Program Evaluation

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Our, Free, On-line Courses (links to lots of links)

You'd pay $1,000's to gain the materials and learning that we provide you in our courses -- for FREE!
Free, On-line Nonprofit Micro-eMBA

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Free Management Library(sm) (links to lots of links)

This is one of the world's largest, on-line collection of well-organized resources for nonprofits. We're happy to bring it to you!
Free Management Library (one of world's largest on-line, free nonprofit libraries)

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On-Line Discussion Groups, Newsletters, etc. (links to lots of links)

Use this on-line group to get free answers to your questions about all aspects of nonprofit organization development. See our megalist of groups at
On-Line Discussion Groups, Portals, Mailing Lists and Newsletters for Nonprofits

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