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Survival of the fittest: Capacity building for small nonprofit organizations


  • Kapucu, Naim
  • Healy, Bridget F.
  • Arslan, Tolga


This paper discusses capacity building activities designed for small nonprofits who are members of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida's ADEPT program. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF) is a nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 450 nonprofit partners in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. This project sought to delineate, design, and implement the capacity building trainings desired by ADEPT member agencies. It also analyzed the relationship between the number of clients served, number of staff, number of volunteers, and the training needs. At the conclusion of the capacity building trainings, data was collected to gauge participants' perceptions of the capacity building trainings and their perceived impact on the effectiveness of the ADEPT Program and its member agencies. The generalizability and applicability of the research results to other small community-based organizations providing social and human services is also discussed.

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  • Kapucu, Naim & Healy, Bridget F. & Arslan, Tolga, 2011. "Survival of the fittest: Capacity building for small nonprofit organizations," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 236-245, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:34:y:2011:i:3:p:236-245

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    1. Sobeck, Joanne & Agius, Elizabeth, 2007. "Organizational capacity building: Addressing a research and practice gap," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 237-246, August.
    2. Yung, Betty & Leahy, Peter & Deason, Lucinda M. & Fischer, Robert L. & Perkins, Fatima & Clasen, Carla & Sharma, Manoj, 2008. "Capacity-building needs of minority health nonprofits," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 382-391, November.
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    1. Schalock, Robert L. & Lee, Tim & Verdugo, Miguel & Swart, Kees & Claes, Claudia & van Loon, Jos & Lee, Chun-Shin, 2014. "An evidence-based approach to organization evaluation and change in human service organizations evaluation and program planning," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 110-118.
    2. Schalock, Robert L. & Verdugo, Miguel & Lee, Tim, 2016. "A systematic approach to an organization’s sustainability," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 56-63.
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