NeighborWorks America Training Explores Innovative Strategies to Enhance Organizational Capacity

NeighborWorks America Training Explores Innovative Strategies to Enhance Organizational Capacity

–Full-Day Session Helps Non-Profits Become Stronger, Broaden Impact and Create Lasting Change–

Topeka, KS – July 20, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Good intentions, tenacity and passion are essential qualities non-profits must have to achieve any community building mission, but are they enough? Unfortunately, many organizations realize too late that getting the job done also requires capacity, knowledge and resources.

To help community development organizations better meet objectives and enhance performance, the Kansas Housing Conference is pleased to offer a specialized, full-day training on capacity building presented by NeighborWorks® America. The training, titled “Organizational Capacity Assessment for Community Building,” will take place Tuesday, September 7th from 8am to 4:30pm at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, located at 1717 SW Boulevard in Topeka.

Normally offered for $235, Kansas Conference attendees may attend this unique session for the discounted price of $99. Space is limited, so SIGN UP TODAY!

Joan Straussman Brandon, a NeighborWorks® Consultant with over 30 years experience working with community development organizations, says many non-profits do not or can not take the time to gauge their organization’s capacity needed to achieve success.

“This training gives board members and executive directors the rare opportunity to self-reflect and look critically at their organization’s mission, staffing, structure and other resources,” said Straussman.  “We’ll help attendees identify strengths and see what’s missing to be effective in community building activities.”

Topics covered include the components of organizational capacity, such as governance and leadership; mission, vision, and strategy; program delivery and impact; resource management; and internal operations and management.

In addition, participants will learn:

  • Tools to assess organizational capacity before taking on new projects
  • How to identify the strengths and weaknesses in an organization’s structure
  • Strategies to enhance organizational performance

The Organizational Capacity Assessment Training is a pre-conference, workshop leading up to the 2010 Kansas Housing Conference taking place September 8th – 10th in Topeka. Board members, executive directors and staff from non-profits, government agencies and financial institutions are encouraged to attend.

To register online for the NeighborWorks® training or to view this year’s full conference agenda, visit our website. To view Joan Straussman Brandon’s bio, click here. For additional info, contact Catherine Couch at Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, 785-296-0081, cccouch (at) kshousingcorp (dot) org.

Each training participant will be mailed a Certificate of Attendance from NeighborWorks® America.

NeighborWorks® America is a national non-profit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts.  Together with national and local partners, NeighborWorks® creates new opportunities for residents while improving communities.


The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) was formed pursuant to K.S.A. 74-8904(v) per the Governor's Executive Reorganization Order (ERO) # 30.  KHRC is a subsidiary corporation of the Kansas Development Finance Authority. 

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation mission is to enhance Kansas communities with housing opportunities. This goal is achieved through using a variety of strategies and approaches, including increasing homeownership opportunities, leveraging the construction of more affordable rental housing, preserving existing housing through rehabilitation, promoting energy efficiency improvements for owner-occupied and rental housing, providing affordable housing through rent assistance to low-income families and senior citizens, and creating housing opportunities for previously underserved persons and communities.


Kansas Housing Resources Corporation
611 South Kansas Avenue, Suite 300
Topeka, Kansas 66603-3803
Phone: (785) 296-5865
Fax: (785) 296-8985

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