Welcome to The Center's Best Practice Resources
For Organizational Capacity Building
Thriving Nonprofit Organizations Are Built on Strong Foundations…
The The Center Best Practice Resources are built on the framework of The Four Core Capacity Model
developed by TCC Group of Philadelphia, and include the Core Capacity Organizational Assessment Tool – the CCAT- and N.H.Best Practice Guide to Organizational Capacity Building developed by The Center in partnership with TCC Group
and Peggy Kieschnick of Kieschnick Consulting Services in Dover NH.
These two tools help nonprofit leaders map their progress and develop strategies for
Organizational capacity building and find answers to such questions as:
||What strategies will best help you develop your organization’s infrastructure?
What are the common characteristics of effective nonprofit organizations?
To turn around a stagnant organization, what should the leaders focus on?
A great way to get a handle on which strategies are core to your success and how to move from one stage of development to the next, is to step back and take an assessment of your organization. After two years in the making, The NH Center for Nonprofits is thrilled to announce the launch of our Organizational Assessment Program. Starting February 1, 2008, nonprofits across the state will be able to efficiently and effectively assess their organization’s strengths and needs in the areas of leadership, management, adaptive, and technical capacities.
Through the ease of an electronic assessment survey called the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT), which is taken in 45 minutes by board and staff, your organization will be provided with a comprehensive assessment report. This report can be used for several years to guide and inform strategic planning efforts, validate progress, and promote important informed discussions in the board room. The results can also be used when working with consultants on a specific project and to provide funders, community leaders, and collaborators with data about your needs, strengths, and potential.
As a complement to the CCAT, The Center has developed a Best Practices Guide which provides organizations with a “roadmap” of milestones and recommended strategies for building organizational strength. This Guide is a document that can be used to generate discussions at board meetings, during strategic planning session or for staff and board development trainings. Organizations may opt to use one section of the Guide per year for goal setting. Some organizations have used the information in the Guide for determining specific leadership, management, technical and adaptive goals for the year. The Guide contains strategies for moving an organization form one life cycle stage to another.
The Center will offer several seminars on the tools, and the Best Practice Guide can be ordered by contacting us at (603) 225-1947. Order one for each of your board members today!