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TCC Group’s CCAT®

Knowing how to build capacity relies on an accurate and comprehensive assessment of your organization’s strengths and challenges. The Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) is an online, survey-based tool designed to collect information from key decision-makers in your organization and create prioritized recommendations for building organizational capacity. Used by nonprofits more than 7,000 times, the CCAT is a leading assessment tool for measuring a nonprofit’s effectiveness.

Built on decades of experience and research in capacity building, the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) measures a nonprofit’s effectiveness in relation to four core capacities—leadership, adaptability, management, and technical capacity—as well as organizational culture. The CCAT is intended to help a nonprofit organization determine its strengths and opportunities for improvement within each of these key components. Foundations, corporate funders, and management support organizations (MSOs) may purchase the CCAT as a service for their grantees or as a tool for determining their long-term capacity-building needs.

Once your nonprofit has assessed its capacity, how can your leadership move from assessment to action? At TCC Group, we believe that data alone does not help a nonprofit build its capacity. The CCAT’s strength is amplified by an interpretation session, where a neutral third-party facilitator can help contextualize the CCAT report and explore what it means to each organization.

CCAT interpretation sessions include a facilitated conversation with all who have taken the CCAT, led by a skilled TCC consultant. During this conversation, your survey results are analyzed, interpreted, and discussed with your organization’s leadership so that you may gain valuable insight into the needs of your organization across key capacity metrics. Interpretation sessions can be provided as one-on-one sessions with the leadership of a nonprofit, or they can be conducted with groups of nonprofits or grantee cohorts that exhibit similar levels of assessed capacity.

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