Capacity building is an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of a nonprofit. When capacity building is successful, it strengthens a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, thereby enhancing its ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.

Recognizing the significant role nonprofits play in contributing to the overall quality of life, several organizations have teamed up to create a program, called Achieving Capacity Together in Northwest Arkansas or ACTNWA. The goal of ACTNWA is to support nonprofits seeking to accelerate the development of their capacity to serve the community.

.Program Benefits.

Through ACTNWA, nonprofit organizations will have the opportunity to strengthen capabilities to create a more robust and relevant organization in an environment of continual change. Working with peers, they will learn new tools that can be applied to the opportunities and challenges in the workplace, and they will build mutually beneficial relationships with other nonprofit leaders.

.Program Structure.

The year-long program, which runs September thru August, consists of three primary components:

  • Pre-/post assessment utilizing the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) developed by McKinsey & Company
  • Nine knowledge building sessions that occur monthly between October and June. The sessions are between four to six hours in length, depending upon the topics covered that month. Each session will be comprised of lecture, exercises and peer-learning opportunities.
  • 15 hours of organizational coaching with an experienced capacity building coach