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Dasra Unlocking Your Organization's Potential: Capacity Building 101

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    1-2 hours per week
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Dasra works with organizations across different stages of maturity and sectors to strengthen their leadership and accelerate their growth. Their transformative capacity building support is provided through cohort-based programs and one-on-one engagements, customized to help nonprofits achieve ambitious plans to deepen their impact. Dasra is proud to have been a part of the scaling journey of India’s leading nonprofits such as SNEHA, Magic Bus, Educate Girls, Shelter Associates, and QUEST Alliance.

Dasra’s impact includes over 800 organizations supported, over 180 leaders empowered annually, and 10 organizations they’ve scaled 9-fold in outreach and 6-fold in budget.

About This Nonprofit Capacity Building Course

Despite tackling thousands of different issues, nonprofits across the world have one thing in common: the desire to make the greatest impact possible. However, finding out how your particular organization can make the greatest impact possible is not always easy. In answering this question, nonprofits often fall into the trap of focusing on improving what they want rather than what they may desperately need. And even when they do find the right solution, they struggle to implement it or obtain funds for their plan.  

In this course, you will learn how to address these issues. Specifically, you will learn how to improve your organization’s capacity— its ability to achieve your mission. In doing so, you will take a test to find out your organization’s strengths and weaknesses, brainstorm solutions to meet your specific needs, and find out how to raise funds to implement your solution. Along the way, you will explore materials and assignments to help you apply the capacity building strategies you’ve learned to your organization. You will also explore a case study of a nonprofit in India that used the techniques taught in this course to grow from a small organization into an award-winning nonprofit impacting the lives of more than 70,000 people.  

Course Topics:

  • Module 1: What Are My Organization’s Strengths and Weaknesses?
    Take a test to find out where your organization needs improvement
  • Module 2: What Capacity Building Solution Will Work For Me?
    Develop a solution to strengthen your organization’s potential
  • Module 3: How Do I Gather Funds and Resources for My Plan?
    Determine how to obtain funds and resources for your solution
  • Module 4: How Do I Put My Plan Into Action?
    Explore ways to implement your plan successfully and evaluate its success

Who Should Take This Free Capacity Building Course?

This course is suited for current and aspiring leaders of nonprofits who are looking for specific, actionable steps to strengthen their organization’s ability to do more and increase their impact. These leaders have a clear sense of their organization’s mission and goals for the future.

In order to take this free, online, nonprofit capacity building course, you will need a device that allows you to access course materials and upload your assignments.


The University is a non-degree, diploma or credit granting initiative. Philanthropy U, Inc. is the concept developer and sponsor of the initiative. Learners are not entitled to earn college or other academic credit.

Learners are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement for this course. To earn a Certificate of Achievement for this course, you need to earn more than 50% of possible points on quizzes and assignments to obtain a passing grade. Quizzes are worth 15% of your total score, while assignments are worth 85%.

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