Capacity Building

Capac­i­ty build­ing is the abil­i­ty of an orga­ni­za­tion to ful­fill its mis­sion in an effec­tive man­ner. Many non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions are small and pos­sess lim­it­ed resources, par­tic­u­lar­ly when mea­sured against the chal­lenges and crit­i­cal issues that they address. A capac­i­ty build­ing ini­tia­tive facil­i­tates access to train­ing and resources that will fur­ther enable an orga­ni­za­tion to effec­tive­ly meet its mis­sion, goals, and objec­tives and those of col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ner­ships, alliances, and coali­tions in which the orga­ni­za­tion participates.

When the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO) was cre­at­ed in 2007, part of the vision was that SAALT, as the coor­di­na­tor, would iden­ti­fy fund­ing, resources, and train­ings to sup­port NCSO mem­bers. Over the years, this has occurred in a vari­ety of ways such as through the Advo­cates for Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment project, the We Build Com­mu­ni­ty ini­tia­tive, the New York City col­lab­o­ra­tive project on racial and reli­gious pro­fil­ing, the Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit, and others.