Capacity Building Resources

Funders Network Capacity Building Program

In collaboration with several local funders, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region holds an annual capacity building program for Capital Region nonprofits. Capacity building is defined as the activities that strengthen the infrastructure and operations of nonprofit organizations, ultimately making them more effective, efficient, and better able to fulfill their mission. Capacity building involves development of an organization’s core capabilities such as staff and board leadership, financial management, fundraising, use of technology and evaluation processes. Capacity building is facilitated through technical assistance, organizational and leadership development, coaching, training, networking, strategic planning, and management consulting.

Recap of 2019 Capacity Building Program:

  • Over 100 executive directors and board members of local nonprofits received training that included board development, volunteer engagement, strategic alliances, and nonprofit life cycles.
  • We collectively awarded 12 nonprofits grants for projects such as technology software, strategic planning retreats, staff and board professional development, and marketing.

This program is made possible with funding support from Albany Guardian Society, Bender Family Foundation, The Freddie Institute, The Lincoln Fund, The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, KeyBank Foundation, Linda G. Toohey Donor Advised Fund, MVP Health Care, Pavonia Fund, Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation and United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

More information on our 2020 program will be announced soon. To be notified first about the program, please sign up for our email list and follow us on Facebook.

Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator

The mission of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Accelerator (ENLA) is to cultivate a robust talent and leadership pipeline for the nonprofit sector in the greater Capital Region. Participants engage in professional soft skills workshops, and technical training facilitated by subject-matter experts, and receive one-on-one mentorship and career advisement to prepare for future leadership roles. ENLA 2020 participants will meet monthly on Fridays, January – July 2020.

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Currently working at a nonprofit organization in the Capital Region
  • Currently have at least 5 years of professional experience years, 2 years working at nonprofits
  • Completed an undergraduate degree or a mix of equivalent experience and/or education.

The program is not intended for Executive Directors and CEOs and those with formal graduate-level education in nonprofit management.

Emphasis will be placed on developing a diverse cohort of participants and mentors, and we encourage applications from emerging leaders identifying as minorities including people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and other cultural minorities.

ELNA is a partnership between the University at Albany’s Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. The program is supported by MVP Health Care, the Michaelson Family Fund and the Linda G. Toohey Fund of the Community Foundation.

Applications for the 2020 program have passed.

For more information and applications, please visit the webpage.

Consultant Directory

The Community Foundation is compiling a directory of nonprofit consultants that will be shared with organizations upon request. The directory will also be included on the Foundation’s website. The Community Foundation does not promote or recommend specific consultants. The listing is for information purposes only. The Foundation recommends interviewing consultants and asking for references prior to engagement.

To be included in the directory, the consultant must either:

  1. Work, live in, or have clients located in the Greater Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, or Washington Counties) OR
  2. Have presented at Community Foundation affiliated events

To be included in this directory, please complete the following survey.

For questions about the directory, please contact Jonathan Meagher-Zayas at

Additional Resources

Below you will find a number of resources you may find useful in researching funding opportunities, trends in philanthropy, or best practices.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: the newspaper for not-for-profits

Council on Foundations: a national membership organization for private, family, and community foundations

Guidestar: a source of detailed information on all U.S. nonprofits

NYS Charities Bureau: the New York State Attorney General’s resource for charitable organizations

The New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON): a resource for not-for-profit organizations in New York

Association of Fundraising Professionals: Leading fundraising professional association that provides training and resources for fundraising, ethics, philanthropy and much more. AFP, NY Hudson-Mohawk is the local chapter with trainings and networking groups throughout the Capital Region.

UAlbany’s Institute of Nonprofit Leadership and Community Development: Home to Nonprofit University and providing innovative and multidisciplinary organizational capacity-building, leadership development, and research opportunities for Capital Region nonprofits.