Nonprofit Capacity Building

More Effective, Adaptable, & Resilient

The best definition we've seen for what Capacity Building is– at least how it's practiced at Grow Meaningful– comes from the National Council of Nonprofits:

"Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, so it may more effectively and efficiently advance its mission into the future. Capacity building is not a one-time effort to improve short-term effectiveness, but a continuous improvement strategy toward the creation of a sustainable and effective organization."

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Nonprofit Organization Development

Future-Focused, Meaning-Centered Change

Organization Development (OD) is a purposeful, science-based effort to improve the capabilities, effectiveness, and culture of an organization. The OD Network's Global OD Competency Framework™  defines five capability areas of OD Practitioners, each with three competencies:

Systems Change Expert

  • Systems Change Leader

  • Culture Builder

  • Innovator​

Efficient Designer

  • Efficient Designer

  • Process Consultant

  • Data Synthesizer

Business Advisor

  • Strategic Catalyst

  • Results-Oriented Leader

  • Trusted Advisor

Credible Strategist

  • Credible Influencer

  • Collaborative Communicator

  • Cross Cultural Navigator

Informed Consultant

  • Self-Aware Leader

  • Equity Advocate

  • Life-Long Learner and Practitioner

OD is about developing (and sometimes reimagining) the organization as a whole. This is different from organizational development which focuses on developing the people within an organization.

Grow Meaningful's method of "future-focused, meaning-centered" OD incorporates much from asset-based and human-centered models which create meaningful work by leveraging existing strengths.


Consulting & Coaching

Don't Pay for a Consultant,
Pay for a Better Nonprofit

With a goal of 50/50 collaboration, we take the time to get to know your nonprofit as a hands-on teammate, not a passive observer.

Who We Help

We help the leaders of secular nonprofits ...

If your secular nonprofit is working to create a Star Trek-like future of peaceful humanism, scientific discovery, and global wellbeing, we're probably a good fit.

We do our best work around people who have a big sense of humor, love to learn and help others learn, enjoy discussing new ideas, are open and honest communicators, and have a growth mindset.

Maybe you...

  • are not making the impact you expected

  • need more engagement to be successful

  • have a low retention rate or high turnover rate

  • notice negative culture changes or burnout

  • can't seem to balance growth with sustainability

  • are facing major changes, a "wicked problem", or some no-win scenario (Kobayashi Maru)

We're also entering The Experience Economy where it takes creative new approaches to stay relevant and meaningful, but you might not have the capacity to handle that right now.

Or maybe everything's going just fine but you're concerned over how changing business conditions and technological innovation– or another economic downturn– would affect your nonprofit's ability to continue serving your particular community.​​

What We Help With

... grow and sustain their impact.

We help your organization become more effective, adaptable, and resilient. Our ongoing efforts will produce practical, flexible, yet innovative strategies grounded in the reality of present circumstances.

In addition to developing an "infinite mindset", your nonprofit will improve its business acumen, financial sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and ability to work through problems that have no clear solutions.

Benefits include...​

  • higher engagement & retention of stakeholders (customers / members / employees / donors / board)

  • efficient system-driven operations

  • stronger financial margins and cash flow

  • happier, higher-performing culture

  • more time for stuff that matters

  • better work-life balance (/separation)

  • energizing, fun, self-expressed teams

  • more referrals and less paid marketing

  • increased capacity for serving your community

  • lower stress levels and greater worksite wellness

  • peace of mind knowing your org. will endure

  • renewed sense of purpose from meaningful work

  • feeling good about helping to build a world where people wake up feeling inspired by meaningful work, connected with their communities, motivated to be better, and excited for what's ahead.

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One more thing...

Our approach to gaining new consulting clients is to "add value on top of value" by sharing ideas, connections, and resources that we think would be helpful. Compared to "selling", this is more comfortable for us, beneficial for you, and hopefully will make Grow Meaningful come to mind when you or someone you know is facing issues we help with. And if not? Hey, at least we did a good thing and tried to leave the world better than we found it.