This Thursday, November 13, EPIP Philadelphia and the Alliance for Nonprofit Management are hosting a workshop, Why Diversity Across Organizations Calls for a Diversity in Capacity Building Strategies. The event will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
According to National Council of Nonprofits, capacity building is any activity that improves and enhances a nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time, and can include projects such as identifying a communications strategy, improving volunteer recruitment, developing a leadership succession plan, identifying more efficient uses of technology, and engaging in collaborations with community partners.
“For the workshop, capacity building strategy is anything that helps makes the organization stronger,” said Bonner. “The definition of capacity building is any kind of process or technology…that helps [the organization] deliver on its mission.”
The presentation will cover various approaches for accommodating diversity in capacity building.
“Our basic premise going into this workshop is that the one size fits all approach to capacity building isn’t working, and so we’re really advocating for the need to have diversification,” Thompson said.
The workshop will share tips for successful capacity-building strategies that participants can use within their own organization or in their own funding initiatives. Bonner and Thompson will also cover why it is so important in the nonprofit sector to focus on capacity building, and how to know when an organization is ready or not ready to engage in capacity building.
“I think we want people to leave the workshop with a deep understanding that capacity building requires customization in order to really be effective. We also want participants to leave with the tools to assess and engage in successful capacity building projects,” added Thompson.
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Cost is $15.00 for a non-alliance or non-EPIP member and is free for members. Register here.
After the presentation, EPIP Philly and Alliance members will be attending happy hour at Tir Na Nog (1600 Arch Street).-30-
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