Investing In Your Nonprofit’s Capacity

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Using seven lifecycle stages to describe predictable growing pains nonprofits experience at each stage of organizational development, this session will present a practical way to think about and approach nonprofit capacity for your organization.

The workshop is based on the award-winning book, Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity, and is ideal for executives and board members of nonprofits small and large, seasoned, or just starting out.

In addition to learning about your organization’s capacity using the four “table legs” and developing your own Capacity Improvement Plan, you will work on a case study that reinforces the morning’s educational content and receive a do-it-yourself diagnostic tool for assessing each organization’s own capacity.

Testimonials from past attendees:

“Susan Rocks! Her depth of knowledge and experience is extraordinary.”

“It was one of the best workshops I’ve attended.”

“I’m so very grateful…and excited. Big things are ahead for us!”


Cost: $49 Members, $69 Non-Members

(Workshop will include Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Nonprofit Lifecycles book. Workshop value per person is $280.)

Cancellation Policy- refunds can be given if a cancellation request is sent/called in at least one week prior to the event.

  • Organizational registrations are available for teams of CEOs/EDs, Board Chairs and incoming Board Chairs, and other key staff team members.
  • The CEO/ED must attend.
  • It is ideal if the Board Chair or one Board Member would be present, but not required.
  • There is a 3 ticket minimum and a 5 ticket maximum per organization that will be strictly enforced.
  • Only one member of an organization needs to register for the group.
  • Please note that only the person who registered the group will receive reminder emails. It is that person’s responsibility to forward reminder emails to their group.


8:00 am-8:30 am – Registration / Continental breakfast

8:30 am-2:30 pm – Program (includes lunch)

2:30 pm-4:00 pm – Additional time to work on Capacity Improvement Plan if desired

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Community Foundation Campus
5049 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona  85711
United States




Our Presenter:

Dr. Susan Kenny Stevens, Founder-Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute:

As a trusted advisor to nonprofit organizations and foundations for three decades, Susan Kenny Stevens Ph.D. understands the challenges nonprofits face to build capacity and sustainability. She is the author of Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity considered an essential read and guiding force for nonprofits for over a dozen years. Her strategic counsel has guided numerous foundation executives, and her down to earth connecting approach is valued by hundreds of nonprofits. Susan is an award-winning author, captivating speaker and a highly effective and trusted consultant for nonprofit and foundation leaders. While completing her Ph.D., Susan did significant research regarding nonprofit founders and continues to research and consult on this topic with in-depth expertise.

Susan has designed and led capacity building programs in the past or presently for an illustrious list of foundations across the U.S. and Canada including: national funders Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Warhol Foundation; as well as many place-based funders who have adopted lifecycles as a key component of their work: Gifford Foundation (Syracuse, NY), Dekko Foundation (IN), GR Dodge Foundation (Morristown, NJ), Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust (Phoenix, AZ), Rose Community Foundation (Denver, CO), Vancouver Cultural Services (British Columbia).

Nonprofit Lifecycles: Stage-based Wisdom for Nonprofit Capacity is used in nonprofit management schools including American University, Baypath University, Drexel University, George Mason University, Lasalle University, Metro State University, Saint Mary’s University and the University of Missouri KC.

As the founder of The Stevens Group and Principal-in-Charge of Larson Allen’s Nonprofit and Government Division at points in her career, Susan also has hands-on management experience at the helm of organizations.

Susan’s most recent endeavor is the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute founded in 2015. The Institute is Susan’s legacy and brings together nonprofits, foundations, and consultants in the nonprofit sector, as well as academic practitioners who have adopted her approach in their university courses on nonprofit management. As Susan continues to build the Institute and continues her consulting, writing and speaking engagements, the Institute is inspiring a community of nonprofits, foundations, academicians and master level consultants to continue her work and expand the wisdom and knowledge she has built over the last three decades.


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