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A Network Approach to Capacity Building

National Council of Nonprofits

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Organizational Change/ Development
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Network of people

Partnerships and Collaboration

This publication by the National Council of Nonprofits offers examples of how networks are especially effective for capacity building because they catalyze innovation, improve communications, reduce duplication of past mistakes, and spread good ideas faster and more efficiently than what may typically occur in other capacity building approaches. The National Council of Nonprofits serves as a central coordinator and mobilizer to build connections, leverage capacity, and amplify voices to achieve greater impact in local communities across the country. They draw on examples from across their network of state associations of nonprofits and their own experience to make the case for using networks to build capacity and expand impact.

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Capacity Building

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