Organizational Capacity
with Gail Nordheim

Thursday, 13 Oct 2016, 06:15PM

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

This interactive session is designed to help attendees understand and consider the importance of organizational capacity (such as HR, planning, financial management, board management, etc.) to their organization's success. Attendees work together to identify capacity-related challenges faced by their organizations and to brainstorm innovative approaches to capacity development.

Session Details

Detailed Description

The session will start with an overview of organizational capacity and what it entails. This will be kept lively with examples that illustrate how organizational capacity directly affects program success. Audience members will also be encouraged to share examples. Attendees will then break into small groups. Members of each group will be asked to describe capacity-related challenges that their organizations have faced, the impact of those challenges, and how they were resolved. This will be a chance for attendees to learn from each other, and may help attendees to recognize issues in their own organizations. A designated “note-taker” from each small group will report back to the full group. There will then be a discussion of capacity development approaches. Presenter will identify some potential approaches to capacity development (including distance learning opportunities, local courses, etc), and attendees will be asked to volunteer approaches they have used successfully. Emphasis will be on identifying creative approaches for developing organizational capacity with limited resources.


• Understanding of what organizational capacity means and why it is an essential element of non-profits' success. • Opportunity to share capacity-related challenges with other attendees, and to relate that learning to their own organization. • Working with others, opportunity to identify cost-effective approaches to capacity development that they can use in their own organization.

Target Audience

Directors / Managers, Executives / Board Members, Small Organizations, Large Organization

Handouts & Resources

File and resources provided by the presenter.

Presenters / Panelists