A strong organization requires more than a great mission and a passionate leader to thrive; a commitment to capacity building is an investment in your nonprofit’s health and future.
Extra Good’s six-step Capacity building process is designed to move your organization from concept to action to results in a timely manner.
1. Needs Assessment
Review your organization’s mission, history, successes, and failures. These puzzle pieces help us understand your needs and create your future, where you currently are, where you want to be, and how to get there.
2. Identify, Uncover, and Create Opportunities
We always look for the low-hanging fruit first, your path of least resistance and highest rate of success. Secondly, we brainstorm and rank other opportunities with high-yield capacity-building opportunities.
3. Capacity Constraints
Constraints can deflate and derail your best-laid plans in record time, not to mention the negative impact on staff and board morale. Due to the nature of many nonprofits, constraints can be an ever-present challenge. Think of Whac-A-Mole – you address one constraint and three more pop up. Extra Good utilizes a multi-pronged approach, isolating and examining each constraint while looking for capacity-boosting opportunities.
4. Creating Logical, Effective Solutions
It is not as easy as it sounds. By laying a solid foundation with steps one through three, Extra Good is better positioned to develop sound capacity-building solutions that work. If your current strategic plan doesn’t address this challenge head-on, it’s time to let us show you how we can help.
5. Actionable Steps
Implementation can be overwhelming, especially with your organization already at capacity. Our consulting team utilizes a roadmap, guiding you as you execute each step. Along with this detailed action plan, we provide coaching when you need extra support to stay on track.
We decipher the data and results to gain a clear pathway toward your next logical steps in maintaining or growing your organization. We provide a Post-Implementation Review to evaluate whether project objectives were met, determine how effectively the project was run, learn lessons for the future, and ensure that the organization gets the greatest possible benefit from the project.