Capacity building is a broad term that encompasses "actions that improve nonprofit effectiveness", in terms of organizational and financial stability, program quality, and growth. This is according to Barbara Blumenthal, author of Investing in Capacity Building: A Guide to High-Impact Approaches (Foundation Center, 2003).

Increasingly, foundations are providing grants to help nonprofit organizations carry out their missions more effectively. Capacity building can take many forms, such as:

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Topic(s) Human Resources Impact, Outcomes, Evaluation

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