Strengthen ND's capacity building approach is in line with our organizational values, and our organizational values reflect our beliefs about what is most-needed for ND nonprofits and communities. Our organizational values are:
Meeting communities and people where they are. Strengthen ND’s belief is that every community is different, every organization is different, and every individual professional is different; therefore, a blanket approach will not best support ND. We demonstrate this belief by customizing our professional development and coaching to best fit each specific situation so we can “meet them where they are” in terms of available skills, capacity, and other resources. Furthermore, “meeting communities and people where they are” translates into a physical approach to our work. Strengthen ND believes it is critical to be invited into and a part of the communities in which we work. This is demonstrated by the amount of time spent out of the office, on-site with organizations and community representatives and the amount of miles driven per year; Strengthen ND traveled 17,945 miles in 2018 to communities in ND.
Deploying a pragmatic approach. Strengthen ND approaches supporting communities, organizations, and professionals with practical and applicable tools and approaches that can be implemented quickly and efficiently to support long-term successful outcomes.
Being resourceful. One of our often-utilized mottos is “Bloom where you’re planted.” We utilize this phrase to encourage nonprofit organizations and communities to be the very best them that they can be. This methodology translates into day-to-day work like developing their own fundraising stories, supporting them to lean into their programmatic and organizational strengths to reduce competition fears, and to re-utilize vacant spaces or otherwise overlooked assets to support community building and growth.