Getting Funded

GETTING FUNDED: Thinking & Planning

PART ONE – Know Your Organization & Community

CHAPTER ONE: Ensuring Organizational Readiness

Resource Links

Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool
The Marguerite Casey Foundation provides a self-assessment instrument that helps nonprofits identify capacity strengths and challenges and establish capacity building goals.

Securing the DUNS Number

Venture Philanthropy Partners
Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations


The Best of the Board Café: Hands-on Solutions for Nonprofit Boards. 2nd ed. Jan Masaoka. Saint Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Publishing Center (in partnership with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services)/Fieldstone Alliance, 2009.

Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully. Susan Howlett. Seattle: Word & Raby, 2010.

Capacity Building for Nonprofits: New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising. David J. Kinsey, J. Russell Raker II, and Lilya D. Wagner, eds. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Effective Capacity Building in Nonprofit Organizations. Prepared for Venture Philanthropy Partners by McKinsey & Company, 2005. The full report, including a capacity assessment grid, is available for free download.

The Five Life Stages of Nonprofit Organizations: Where You Are, Where You’re Going and What to Expect When You Get There. Judith Sharken Simon. Saint Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation Publishing Center/Fieldstone Alliance, 2001.

The Jossey-Bass Handbook of Nonprofit Leadership and Management. 3rd ed. David O. Renz and Robert D. Herman. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010.