NNCG Knowledge Center

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Welcome to NNCG's Knowledge Center -- a searchable, online database of resources for and about grantmaking, produced by highly qualified and experienced philanthropy consultants. NNCG's Knowledge Center contains a wealth of reports, case studies, infographics, issue briefs, videos and more that offer ideas, research and helpful information about almost every aspect of philanthropy. Each item was authored or published by an NNCG member. NNCG constructed the Knowledge Center in partnership with Candid -- one of the most respected and trusted sources of information in the philanthropic field.
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The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy

June 29, 2009

From TCC, which developed the Core Capacity Assessment tool, this resource investigates how organizations can put these core capacities to work in achieving organizational sustainability in difficult economic times.

What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization? A Framework for Determining Advocacy Capacity

January 29, 2009

Describes a model for evaluating organizational capacities critical for advocacy organizations -- leadership, adaptive management, and technical capacities -- to enhance effectiveness. Includes models of how they function together.

Building the Capacity of Capacity Builders: A Study of Management Support and Field-Building Organizations in the Nonprofit Sector

June 1, 2003

Provides an overview of the current state of management assistance, and promising capacity building practices. Examines the impact an MSO's own organizational capacity has on the quality of the services they provide. Includes recommendations.

Evaluating Capacity-Building Efforts for Nonprofit Organizations

January 1, 2002

This article explains how nonprofit organizations, consultants, funders, and evaluators can evaluate capacity-building activities. The process should begin by determining who will conduct and participate in the evaluation and understanding the multi-layered nature of capacity building. The next steps are stating evaluation questions and potential success indicators and developing a framework for the evaluation design. The process concludes with implementing evaluation methods and using and sharing the results.

Building to Last: A Grantmaker's Guide to Strengthening Nonprofit Organizations, A Briefing Paper on Effective Philanthropy

April 1, 2001

This briefing paper includes an overview of capacity building, a step-by-step guide for enhancing organizational effectiveness, tools for building organizational effectiveness, and tips for further reading and resources.

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