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Philanthropy University

Unlocking Your Organization's Potential: Capacity Building 101

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Despite tackling thousands of different issues, nonprofits across the world have one thing in common: the desire to make the greatest impact possible. However, finding out how your particular organization can make the greatest impact possible is not always easy. In answering this question, nonprofits often fall into the trap of focusing on improving what they want rather than what they may desperately need. And even when they do find the right solution, they struggle to implement it or obtain funds for their plan.  

In this course, you will learn how to address these issues. Specifically, you will learn how to improve your organization’s capacity— its ability to achieve your mission. In doing so, you will take a test to find out your organization’s strengths and weaknesses, brainstorm solutions to meet your specific needs, and find out how to raise funds to implement your solution. Along the way, you will explore materials and assignments to help you apply the capacity building strategies you’ve learned to your organization. You will also explore a case study of a nonprofit in India that used the techniques taught in this course to grow from a small organization into an award-winning nonprofit impacting the lives of more than 70,000 people.  



Module 1: What Are My Organization’s Strengths and Weaknesses?
Take a test to find out where your organization needs improvement

Module 2: What Capacity Building Solution Will Work For Me?
Develop a solution to strengthen your organization’s potential

Module 3: How Do I Gather Funds and Resources for My Plan?
Determine how to obtain funds and resources for your solution

Module 4: How Do I Put My Plan Into Action?
Explore ways to implement your plan successfully and evaluate its success



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