It’s a fact that strong organizations often get the best results. And though our field does not like to fund overhead and infrastructure, it is exactly those types of capacity costs that contribute to a nonprofit’s ability to perform from a position of strength. Yet capacity looks different at various stages of organizational life. We have an assessment tool designed to facilitate your grantees understanding of their lifecycle stage and address the corresponding capacity issues in a targeted, non-judgmental way. Contact us for more information.

We also offer a variety of cohort capacity programs for funders wishing to strengthen the capacity of a group of mission-critical grantees. Contact us for more information.

Funders, looking for ways to engage?


Read Chapter 11: Nonprofit Lifecycles to understand principles of nonprofit capacity.

Read Part 1 of Nonprofit Lifecycles to better understand your grantee’s capacity stage

Check out our team of Lifecycles Funders and Consultants


Become a member and join our Lifecycles Learning Circles.

Have a difficult grant situation? Consider a Lifecycles Assessment to pinpoint issues and target solutions.

Learn from our Lifecycle Funders the benefits of the Lifecycles Self-Assessment and Lifecycles Capacity programs.


Join an upcoming event.

Host a lecture or training session for your community.

Hire one of our trained consultants to conduct a Lifecycles Assessment in your community.

Bring a Lifecycles Capacity Program to your Foundation. Contact us for certified Program Managers.

Capacity Ecosystem

We cultivate an ecosystem of healthy, dynamic, and collaborative nonprofit organizations, funders, and consultants providing the guidance and structure for nonprofits to realize their missions with clarity and sustainability.


Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity
By Susan Kenny Stevens Ph.D.