McLennan County Nonprofit Resources –

Capacity Building

Known in some circles as organizational effectiveness . . .

. . . capacity building encompasses all aspects of mission fulfillment – good governance, strong financial and administrative management, solid program development and implementation, impactful service delivery and of course, evaluation and redesign.

Capacity Building

  • Good Governance

  • Strong Financial & Administrative Management

  • Program Development & Implementation

  • Impactful Service Delivery

  • Evaluation and Redesign

All in all, capacity building is about “strengthening the organizational platform which supports and sustains your [organization’s] mission and programs”

(S.K. Stevens, Nonprofit Lifecycle: Stage Based Wisdom for Nonprofits).

Ultimately, the goal of Waco’s capacity building initiative is to help nonprofits become high-performing organizations.

The term “Capacity Building” is used in the charitable sector to describe the structural and internally focused activities that are designed to help improve a nonprofit’s ability to meet its mission and maximize the resources (human-financial-capital) given to them by the community.

Usual capacity building services include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Board and/or staff training
  • Management and HR related issues
  • Strategic and fundraising planning
  • Technical and/or IT related assistance
  • Program evaluation and analysis

To learn more about how you can build your organization’s capacity, be sure to check out the Nonprofit Management Resource Library.


For more about what it takes to become a high performing organization, check out Leap of Reason and The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social-Sector Excellence here.