What is Capacity?

Building capacity strengthens the organizational platform that supports and sustains your Mission and Programs. Many nonprofits focus on creating new programs and keeping administrative costs low often at the peril of the organizational capacity necessary to achieve their aspirations effectively and efficiently.

What is the Lifecycles model?

The Lifecycles model provides the guidance and structure nonprofits need to realize their missions with clarity and sustainability. When nonprofits succeed, communities succeed. The Lifecycles model is how we get there.

Like human development, nonprofit capacity progresses in stages… the challenges of Start-up are different from Maturity. A Lifecycles approach to building capacity gives you the starting point no matter your size, age, area of focus, or budget. Right-size your operations for maximum impact.

Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute is a community of nonprofit leaders, consultants, and funders who cultivate an ecosystem of healthy, dynamic, and collaborative nonprofit organizations, funders, and consultants. Founded in 2015 by Susan Kenny Stevens Ph.D., the Institute focuses on the teachings documented in Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity.

Whether a nonprofit leader is just beginning to read Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity or is fully entrenched in the lifecycles practices, the Institute provides an opportunity to engage with accredited consultants and gain access to the wealth of knowledge found in the resources, blogs and networking opportunities of like-minded colleagues and professionals.

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Funders, revolutionize how you work with your grantees by adopting the Lifecycles model – a paradigm-shifting, stage-based approach that involves every stakeholder to bring about community change. Lifecycles provides a shared understanding and language around the capacity-building so you can maximize every investment in the sector. The Institute can provide a wealth of resources to help integrate Lifecycles into your capacity building: trainings, connecting with accredited Lifecycles Capacity Consultants, and even designing capacity building programs for your community.

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Consultants who wish to adopt the Lifecycles approach to capacity building and further the work of the Institute can do so by attending Lifecycles Consulting sessions, integrating the practices into their consulting services, and affiliating with other Lifecycle Capacity Consultants in the sector. Learn what the Institute has to offer you.

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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.

NONPROFIT LIFECYCLES

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

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