Supporting Non Profits Successes

"Through the stability provided by United Way Capacity Building grants we have been able to move forward on two key initiatives that streamline our operational effectiveness and actualize the development of a strategic plan that optimizes expansion of our social enterprise strategy.

A key market differentiator is our customized outcome and signal systems. To manage the operational changes inherent in adoption of these systems, we have hired, with the support of capacity funds, a change manager to map out and implement process changes throughout the organization. The change manager has also identified areas of resistance within the agency and helped develop a plan to increase organization-wide adoption of the new systems with seamless integration of new and existing staff.

To ensure we have the capacity and facility to meet future needs we are revisiting our business plan and identifying gaps in its key assumptions. With the support of capacity funds, we are developing a financial plan that aligns strategic objectives with an expanded social enterprise strategy that will provide for sustainable funding for future growth.

United Way Capacity Building grants provided us with the opportunity to develop a solid plan for the future."

-Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO Calgary Counselling Centre

Supporting Non Profits Partners

Capacity Building Partners

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The GAIN Team

Group for Assisting and Improving Non-profits

United Way of Calgary and Area has assembled a group of private and public sector leaders to form the GAIN Team. This team of professionals volunteers time to help not-for-profit organizations improve operations and leverage their assets by growing capacity in four areas:

  • Board Governance Assessment
  • Strategy and Business Plan Renewal
  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Leadership Coaching

The focus of the GAIN Team is to build agency capacity in areas which will allow for improved outcomes and sustained performance.

Are you ready to take your organization to a whole new level?

If your organization is interested and ready to work with the GAIN Team, please contact your United Way Community Planner.

For more information on how your organization can benefit from this capacity building service, please contact Lorie Gibson or Heather Innes.

 

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KPMG

KPMG partners with United Way to support capacity building in the non-profit sector. KPMG hosts training events through their Not-for-Profit Seminar Series. The series is designed to address the operational and accounting issues currently confronting charitable organizations.

Check out KPMGs video on YouTube: KPMG Partners with United Way.

Other Partners:

The Calgary Foundation, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), Propellus and The City of Calgary FCSS provide capacity building grants to non-profit organizations in Calgary. Please visit their sites for more information.

 

 

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Capacity Building Opportunities

United Way of Calgary and Area has a history of supporting the development and overall capacity of non‐profit organizations within Calgary. For more than a decade the organization has offered capacity building grants in a variety of areas.

Please see our Resources page for Capacity Building tools and resources >

Request for Proposals

There are no current capacity building Request for Proposals.

The GAIN Team

gainlogo

Group for Assisting and Improving Non-profits

United Way of Calgary and Area has assembled a group of private and public sector leaders to form the GAIN Team. This team of professionals volunteers time to help not-for-profit organizations improve operations and leverage their assets by growing capacity in four areas:

  • Board Governance Assessment
  • Strategy and Business Plan Renewal
  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Leadership Coaching

The focus of the GAIN Team is to build agency capacity in areas which will allow for improved outcomes and sustained performance.

Are you ready to take your organization to a whole new level?

If your organization is interested and ready to work with the GAIN Team, please contact your United Way Community Planner.

For more information on how your organization can benefit from this capacity building service, please contact Heather Innes or Diane Altwasser.

Gain Team Brochure

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Opportunities with the GAIN Team

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Capacity Building Partners

KPMG

KPMG partners with United Way to support capacity building in the non-profit sector. KPMG hosts training events through their Not-for-Profit Seminar Series. The series is designed to address the operational and accounting issues currently confronting charitable organizations.

Check out KPMGs video on YouTube: KPMG Partners with United Way.

The Calgary FoundationCalgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO), Propellus and The City of Calgary FCSS provide capacity building grants to non-profit organizations in Calgary. Please visit their sites for more information.

 

Supporting Non Profits Resources

Tools & Resources

 

Developing the Capacity of the Board Chair

United Way and Gahlinger Consulting Inc. created the following tools, examples and presentations to help your organization develop the capacity of its Board and Board Chair. 

 

Capacity Building Self-Assessment Toolkit

United Way has developed a toolkit comprised of best practices relating to organizational effectiveness. This toolkit is used as part of United Way's funding review process. It is now available for agencies to use as a self-assessment tool. The toolkit was created through an analysis of Peter York’s work at TCC Group.

The toolkit is broken down into areas of organizational effectiveness. Each area contains simple yes/no questions to make it easy to see where an agency might want to invest resources or apply for a capacity building grant. Answering "yes" to a question means your organization has that aspect in place. If you answer "no" consider how your organization would benefit from adopting the item or practice.

 

To learn more about Capacity Building, please read the following literature reviews and resources:

 

Helpful links

What to Do in Court – New Legal Educational Films Now Available through the Pro Bono Law Association

You can view the videos here: www.youtube.com/probonolawalberta

Supporting Non Profits Capacity Building

United Way of Calgary and Area believes that investing in strong organizations and communities is one way we can make Calgary a great city for everyone.

Capacity building for organizational effectiveness means supporting organizations to build and maintain the skills, infrastructure and resources needed to realize their mission.

Areas of Capacity Building include: governance, business strategizing, human resources/volunteer management, leadership, evaluation, finance, and program design. United Way is currently focusing on program design, governance and evaluation. Research states that successful non profit organizations have capacity in these three areas.

By supporting Capacity Building, United Way is creating change in our community by building and maintaining organizational effectiveness in the non-profit sector.

Find out more about Capacity Building:

"United Way Capacity Building grants provided us with the opportunity to develop a solid plan for the future."

-Dr. Robbie Babins-Wagner, CEO Calgary Counselling Centre