Nonprofit Leadership

Increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations and their leaders

Nonprofit leaders dedicate tremendous amounts of time to the mission with few resources to build the infrastructure needed to ensure quality and continuity. Nonprofits continue to be threatened with leadership succession issues as well as high expectations for showing impact and results. Even with these challenging times, we believe that strengthening organizational capacity will result in better outcomes and stronger, more sustainable organizations. Organizations that are adapting and innovating are seeing the results of those efforts.

Capacity Building

Improving organizational capacity is an ongoing process. There are many aspects to building high-performing organizations, and we have chosen to prioritize our focus in the areas of leadership, strategy, learning and communication to achieve increased capacity and ultimately stronger sustainability for North Carolina’s nonprofit sector. We are committed to providing nonprofits with a deeper level of support and infrastructure necessary to best serve communities in need. The following capacity components are required to grow the impact of the nonprofits we are working with as they move the needle on improving the health of North Carolinians:


Supporting leadership development  that is responsive to a nonprofit’s context enables an organization to build critical skills and shift gears when appropriate. We believe in “sparkplug” leadership and that investing in human capital is what will keep an organization strong.  


Focusing on strategy helps nonprofits to adapt and plan for their future, including looking at strategies for achieving their mission and determining how to fund their work. Supporting networks, encouraging collaboration and partnerships, and investing in individual organizations can nurture relationships and help build the momentum required to achieve broad-scale change. 


Supporting an organization’s ability to collect and use data and to develop an approach to performance management enables it to continuously learn, grow and concentrate its resources where it can have the greatest impact. 


Creating external and internal communication support is critical for many nonprofits; however, many organizations do not have the staff or resources for these activities, which means that being strategic about communication becomes more essential.  Communication capacity for nonprofits is more than just having an updated website and active social media.  Nonprofits need to be strategic in their communication in order to better deliver their services to the target population, highlight their successes to appropriate audiences (board, funders, community) and be proactive in engaging the media to support their mission and raise awareness.