Capacity Building

Over the past six years, nearly 100 nonprofit organizations have participated in capacity building seminars hosted by CPNM. The seminars, funded through a grant from the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children, provide Orange County nonprofits with training and technical assistance in areas such as financial management, strategic planning, nonprofit governance and grant writing. While the program itself does not provide funding, previous participants have received grants and additional funding using the techniques and strategies taught in the seminars.

Participants receive training through sessions facilitated by UCF School of Public Administration faculty and receive additional support from graduate students. As part of the series, participating organizations will develop or update an existing profile for the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search, a database that connects potential donors and partners with Central Florida nonprofit organizations. The series provides not only technical training but also opportunities for local nonprofit organizations to connect with one another — a key component of CPNM’s goal to continuously foster community engagement.


The application cycle for the 2020 capacity building series is closed. Please check back in May 2021 for an update on the application for the 2021 capacity building seminar series.


Hope Central Inc. received a $40,000 grant after participating in the CPNM’s 2016 capacity building seminar. The nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to decreasing the homeless and incarcerated population in Central Florida, received the funding from the Orange County Citizens’ Commission for Children.


  • 15 Orange County nonprofit organizations will be selected to receive 15 hours of capacity building training. The Capacity Building Seminar training will address basic principles in four critical areas: 1) nonprofit governance, 2) strategic planning and program evaluation, 3) financial management, and 4) grant writing. This year’s seminar will be led by Dr. Deborah A. Carroll, Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration and Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida.
  • During the program, participants will complete or update their agency profile for the Central Florida Foundation’s Nonprofit Search database.
  • All course content and technical assistance will be delivered online through various formats. One-on-one technical assistance will be provided virtually by UCF graduate students for a total of 20 hours per participating agency. The students will receive direct supervision and support from Dr. Deborah Carroll.
  • Participants fulfilling all the program requirements will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the seminar.
  • The seminar will run from July 14, 2020 to August 6, 2020 for nonprofits selected to participate.


  1. Agency must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a health and human service mission that is both located and provides services in Orange County, Florida.
  2. Agency must be in operation for at least one (1) year.
  3. Priority will be given to grassroots agencies with budgets of $500,000 or less.
  4. Priority will be given to agencies that have not previously received grant funding from Orange County.
  5. Agencies must commit two agency leaders (ideally a senior staff member and a volunteer board member) to participate in all online sessions and technical assistance (see schedule below and save the dates while awaiting notification of application status).
  6. In addition to participating in all online sessions, agency leaders will also: 1) commit at least three hours per week to review materials and submit assignments online, and 2) commit to working with their assigned UCF graduate student for 2-3 hours a week to complete homework assignments.
  7. Agency must have access to computer hardware and software as well as internet connection to access the online course content.
  8. Participants must be proficient in English. Language translation is planned for specific translation issues unique to the course materials.


  • July 14, 2020 - Orientation/Overview session and initial assessment survey
  • July 16, 2020 – Topic 1: Essentials of Nonprofit Governance
  • July 21, 2020 – Topic 2: Strategic Planning & Program Evaluation
  • July 23, 2020 – Topic 3: Financial Management
  • July 28, 2020 – Topic 4: Grant Writing Part I
  • July 30, 2020 – Topic 4: Grant Writing Part II & Wrap-Up
  • August 6, 2020 – Assignments Due


Please have the following information prepared to be submitted with your application:

  • Cover letter: include why this type of training would be beneficial to your agency at this time, a brief organizational overview, programs/services offered, service area, current funders, and description of leadership motivation to build capacity.
  • List of board of directors: name, position on board, term beginning and end date, community or business affiliation, and electronic contact information.
  • Statement of Activities (i.e. Revenue and Expense Statement) from most recent fiscal year.

The application cycle for the 2020 capacity building series is closed. Please check back in May 2021 for an update on the application for the 2021 capacity building seminar series.


For additional information, please reach out to the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at

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