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Adaptive Capacity is the ability of a nonprofit organization to monitor, assess, respond to, and create internal and external changes. 

 

Decision-Making Tools: Using important tools, resources and inputs to make decisions (i.e., outside technical assistance, in-house data, staff input, client input, a written strategic plan).

Learning As We Go TCC Group (2003)
by Peter York
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Funder’s Guide to Organizational Assessment: Tools, Processes, and Their Use in Building Capacity Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (2005)
Book

Nonprofit Strategic Planning: Leveraging Sarbanes Oxley John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2007)
by Peggy M. Jackson
Book

Evaluating the Impact of Information Technology Innovation Network (2003)
by Allison H. Fine
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Environmental Learning: Using collaboration and networking with community leaders and funders to learn about what’s going on in the community, and stay current with what is going on in the field.

Collaboration Handbook: Creating, Sustaining, and Enjoying the Journey Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (1994)
by Michael Barry Winer
Book

Using an Ecosystem Approach for Nonprofit Strategy TCC Group (2016)
by Bonnie Mazza
Online Article

Organizational Learning: Self-assessing, using assessment data/findings to conduct strategic planning, and following through on strategic plans.

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of a Learning Organization (Revised) Doubleday (2006)
by Peter M. Senge
Book

Funder’s Guide to Organizational Assessment: Tools, Processes, and Their Use in Building Capacity Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (2005)
Book

Leveraging What You Know: Knowledge Management Strategies for Funders Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (2004)
Online Article

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2015)
by Michael Allison and Jude Kaye
Book

Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations Fieldstone Alliance (1997)
by Bryan W. Barry
Book

Creating and Implementing Your Strategic Plan: A Workbook for Public and Nonprofit Organizations John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011)
by John M. Bryson and Farnum K. Alston
Book

Knowledge Management Springer Science+Business Media (2009)
by William R. King
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Resource Sustainability: Maintaining financial stability in order to adapt to changing environments.

Spinning Straw Into Gold Nonprofit Quarterly (2002)
by Ruth McCambridge
Online Article

Building Sustainability into your Program The Resource Connection (2000)
by Susan Hailman
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Community Wealth Generation for Non Profit Sustainability Community Wealth Ventures, Inc. (2003)
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Securing Your Organization's Future: A Complete Guide to Fundraising Strategy The Foundation Center (2002)
by Michael Seltzer
Book

 

Program Resource Adaptability: Easily adapting to changes in program resources, including funding and staff.

10 Principles of Change Management Strategy+Business (2004)
by John Jones, DeAnne Aguirre, and Matthew Calderone
Online Article

Coping with Cutbacks: The Nonprofit Guide to Success When Times Are Tight Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (1997)
by Emil Angelica and Vincent Hyman
Book

 

Programmatic Learning: Assessing the needs of clients and using program evaluation as a learning tool.

Needs Assessment World Health Organization (2000)
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Learning As We Go TCC Group (2003)
by Peter York
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Improving the Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Not-for-Profits: Conducting Operational Reviews (2001)
by Rob Reider
Online Article

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