Nonprofit Capacity Building Tool #2 – Action Planning

Nonprofit Capacity Building Tool #2 – Action Planning 1 Developing a Capacity Building (CB) Action Plan is the second in the sequence of four steps designed to engage nonprofits in systematic capacity building. Reminders: • Utilize a Team Approach . Associations are strongly encouraged to convene a capacity building team of board and staff leaders to engage in action planning, as well as other capacity building activities. • Complete Capacity Building Tool #1: Assessment and Benchmarking . This is the basis for developing your CB action plan. Action Planning Instructions Step 1: Identify CB Focus Areas. Based on your completed Capacity Building Tool #1 : Assessment and Benchmarking , identify up to six capacity assessment categories for special attention. In doing so, consider the following: • NOTE: In the CB Tool #1, there are 58 capacity building categories organized under six elements of capacity building. • Start by looking at the capacity assessment categories with the lowest scores. (For example, categories you rated a “1” -- clear need for increased capacity). • Give added weight to the assessment categories listed in the capacity building element: Mission, Vision & Strategy because these are the driving forces that give the organization its purpose and direction. • Trust your team wisdom and intuition about what is important to focus on. • At the same time, avoid focusing on things that might be symptomatic of deeper issues. Step 2 below will help you think about “root causes” or underlying capacity building issues that deserve your attention first. • Select up to six capacity assessment categories for special attention. These will become the “ Capacity Building (CB) focus areas” for action planning. • If appropriate, you may group several related assessment categories together as one CB focus area. For example: the two related assessment categories of Board Composition and Diversity and Board Recruitment and Development could be clustered as “Board Development” focus area.

1 *This Capacity Building Action Planning Tool was originally developed by Frank Martinelli and Shelly Schnupp for use by local associations of the Great Lakes Alliance of the YWCA () as part of the GLA Capacity Building Project.

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