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Capacity building is at the core of FCDE’s approach to community development. We focus on ensuring that organizations not only become more stable, but that they also garner tools and skills to improve their work.
Capacity building is defined as the "process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world." (Ann Philbin, Capacity Building in Social Justice Organizations Ford Foundation, 1996).
FCDE facilitates these efforts in a number of diverse and innovative ways including:
- Helping organizations go through organizational self-assessments
- Providing organizational development workshops and trainings
- Helping to equip organizations with awareness, skills, access to information, knowledge and training that enables them to perform effectively
- Developing financial skills to carry out fundraising and business planning activities
- Support in strategic planning
- Instituting transparency in organizational governance structures
- Providing one-on-one, small group technical training
- Supporting compliance with other organizations or government grants
- Monitoring and evaluation components to programmatic activities
- Jointly engaging in project design and management
- Training on grant design, development and implementation
- Intern/Volunteer support and management
Partner organizations derive a number of tangible outcomes from capacity building/organizational development: increased service areas, higher funding and more efficacy in their work. For other agencies it means bringing sustainability to their organization, initiating more sophisticated internal governance systems and partnering with complementary organizations. From a broad-based community development perspective, having numerous NGOs growing in this manner creates a group of well-managed, sustainable organizations that are better positioned to join efforts with their peers to carry out campaigns for long-term, sustainable change.