The Listening Project - A Strategic Approach to Nonprofit Capacity Building

Fairfax County has contracted with George Mason University (GMU) and Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) to undertake a “Listening Project” to learn from the nonprofit community, the business community, and county staff in order to develop a community/county vision for nonprofit capacity building.  This includes the current status of nonprofits, the current county role in nonprofit capacity building, the current role of the business community in nonprofit capacity building, goals for nonprofit capacity building (what would success in this area look like), objectives and outcomes, and an action plan for moving forward.  Through this project we hope to be able to decide:

  • The role of county government in capacity building, including determining which support activities are critical to invest in;
  • The types of services to offer that will help strengthen and build community capacity;
  • The areas of critical service gaps; and 
  • A strategic direction of our community capacity activities.

Phase I of this project included a survey, focus groups, and individual interviews.  Phase II was a community meeting in which the results, data analysis, and recommendations from the survey were presented. 

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Everyone’s time and attention to this initiative is greatly appreciated.  With your input and strategic investment in our community, we can work to strengthen our capacity to serve those most in need. 


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