This report researches individual philanthropic donors and their perceptions of capacity building for the nonprofits they support. The key finding? Ditching the jargon would help a lot.
How this capacity building study was conducted.
How nonprofit capacity building has changed over the years.
Why donors need to understand capacity building and its value.
How Social Venture Partners tackled capacity building education.
Capacity building helps nonprofits with staff development, board training and improved technology.
Most donors interviewed view capacity building as jargon and don’t particularly like the term, but they are very interested in the topic.
Current social donors donate in many ways: family foundations, community foundations, individual giving, a giving circle, through their company.
Venture philanthropy has increased the focus on nonprofit performance and capital needs.
Nonprofits should use specific language geard to a particular type of improvement: “Nonprofit capacity building” is just too vague.
There are 3 main capacity-building interventions for nonprofits: Assessment; Technical assistance; Direct financial support.
Capacity building results can be seen at 3 levels: Program delivery; Program expansion; Program innovation and change