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Capacity Building


Agency networking

Informal coaching is provided to our partner agencies by the Foundation staff, board and community partners. We seek to be a resource and connector enabling organizations to grow and benefit from our expertise and longevity in the nonprofit sector.


Each grant cycle the Foundation provides training to all applicants regarding empowerment evaluation, as well as financial statement preparation and preparing for site visits.   In an attempt to provide strength to applicants we have partnered with other local funding organizations to adopt a uniform system of evaluation called Empowerment Evaluation that focuses on outcome measures and learning rather than reporting and compliance.  A logic model is the central tool in creating both the template for action, as well as evaluation.  An Evaluation Report will include a review of the program’s data on outcomes with special attention to comparing actual outcomes to outcome targets. Information on Empowerment Evaluation can be found in the attached document: Empowerment Evaluation Overview

Nonprofit Leadership Center

Conn Memorial Foundation has a deep commitment to providing the nonprofit sector with opportunities to build organizational capacity. To that end Conn provides funding and leadership to the Nonprofit Leadership Center of Tampa Bay (NLCTB) and encourages all nonprofits in the Tampa Bay area to take advantage of this important resource.

The NLCTB offers professional development programs for all levels of staff and volunteers.

  • Board Members are trained through the Get on Board series about best practices and their roles and responsibilities as community leaders.
  • Executive Management training is offered in partnership with the University of Tampa School of Business through a Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Innovation.
  • Other courses are also offered in Fund Development, Nonprofit Accounting, Volunteer Management, Disaster Planning & Technology Planning.

All course offerings and resources can be found on the website listed above.


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