Nonprofit Capacity Building

We believe that strengthening nonprofits ultimately strengthens the whole community. Simply put, a good nonprofit organization has a strong board that hires capable staff that runs quality programs. The board and staff ensure that the organization continually invest in its capacity. A community will be more prosperous when its nonprofit sector is made up of these kinds of groups.

To help nonprofits operate like this, the Omaha Community Foundation created a Nonprofit Capacity Building program. This 24-month curriculum is designed to strengthen organizational and leadership capacity needs. Ten nonprofits in the greater Omaha area are chosen each year to participate in the class.


  • Assessment of each organization’s capacity using the Nonprofit Association of the MidlandsGuidelines and Principles
  • Monthly peer learning sessions to discuss best practices and challenges
  • Executive coaching for executive directors
  • Quarterly sessions focused on board of directors
  • $5,000 grant for nonprofits meeting the requirements of participation
  • Strategic Planning – if a participating organization does not already have an adequate strategic plan in place, it will be required to use a portion of its $5,000 grant to go through a strategic planning process with board and staff by the end of the participating year.

*Please note: Nonprofits participating in the program are not eligible to apply for a Fund for Omaha grant until 2018.

2017 Class 7:

All Care Health Center
Centro Latino of Iowa
Grief’s Journey
Inclusive Communities
Live Well Omaha
Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers
Nebraska Enterprise Fund
Partnership 4 Kids
Promise Partners
Stephen Center


Qualified nonprofit organizations will have 501(c)(3) status; an annual budget of at least $250,000; a history of sound financial position; the equivalent of at least two full time staff members; and have been actively operating for at least three years.

Beginning May 1st, organizations can be nominated by an OCF staff member, organization board member, donor, or community member in order to be considered. Those organizations receiving nominations will be invited to fill out an application.

Give to our Nonprofit Capacity Building Program

Further Reading

Interested in learning more about nonprofit capacity building?  Read on for additional information and program evaluation.

Connect the Dots - Nonprofit Capacity Building

2014 - Year 4 Evaluation Report

2012 - Year 3 Evaluation Report

2011 - Year 2 Evaluation Report

2010 - Year 1 Evaluation Report

Past Participants

Nonprofit Capacity Building Nomination Form

The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2017. Nominated organizations will be invited to complete a full application process for participation in Class 8. Not all nominated organizations choose to apply and only ten are chosen each year to preserve the program model.


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