Oxygen Masks and Capacity Building?

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In her post on the BoardSource blog, Emily Brush makes the case for nonprofit organizations putting on their oxygen masks before helping others.  Translation?  Focus on sustainability first then increase impact.

​In recent years, says Emily, nonprofit boards have made capacity building a keystone of strategic planning initiatives.  But despite its reputation as an indispensable goal, building organizational capacity remains an abstract ambition for many organizations, and it competes with other high-priority initiatives, such as developing new programs to create further impact.

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