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."
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
Cross Cultural Navigator
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.
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.
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.