Capacity Builders Network Members Collaborate to Benefit Local Nonprofits

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence and other members of the Capacity Builders Network have been meeting quarterly for the past two years to coordinate efforts to boost the effectiveness of local nonprofits.

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Packard scholar in residence Lucy Bernholz addresses local nonprofits

Thanks to the generous support of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the group hosted a talk by Lucy Bernholz on December 2 about Future Nonprofit Trends, especially as they relate to technology, data and ethics. 75 people attended the program held at the National Steinbeck Center. Bernholz is a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society and author of the award-winning blog, Visit to download “Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint2015.”

For the first time, the Capacity Builders Network chose a shared learning theme. Evaluation will be an area of concentration across the organizations for 2015. The hope is that by offering complementary trainings, nonprofit organizations will gain a deeper understanding of ways to improve their programming and community support.

Connections have been growing between our various efforts and organizations. – Kaki Rusmore, Director, Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Capacity Builder Network Members: Action Council, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP),  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, CSUMB, Development Executives Network (DEN), First 5 Monterey County, Hayashi Wayland, Leadership Monterey Peninsula, Nonprofit Alliance of Monterey County (NAMC), Salinas Public Library, Seaside Public Library, TPO Human Resources, United Way’s Volunteer Center, and Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.