Book Arts participates in Western New York Foundation’s Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP)

Buffalo, NY— The WNY Book Arts Center (Book Arts) has been awarded the opportunity to participate in the Western New York Foundation’s Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP), a competitive program for nonprofits that wish to build their ability to perform well. Efficient long-term capacity management is vital to any nonprofit entity. iCAP offers opportunity to nonprofits to engage in an 8-month process to assess its capacity needs in coordination with an organizational development consultant.

Multiple members of Book Art’s staff and board will participate in organizational self-assessments of key capacity elements that have been designed to pinpoint current capacity status and opportunities for transformative growth and change. Results will be examined with the help of a consultant and culminate in a long-term capacity building plan for the organization that includes the development of action plan priorities with goals and progress measurement. Book Arts is excited, honored, and privileged to be working with consultant Dr. Maureen Millane.

Dr. Millane will work with Book Arts over a period of 7 months to achieve the following objectives: review and analyze the results of the assessments, design a capacity matrix based on current state of the agency at the beginning of the program, provide organizational development coaching to identify areas of opportunity and address capacity limiting challenges, develop a capacity building plan and an action plan using a format that aligns with the capacity building plan to include goal and progress measurements, and consultation and technical assistance throughout the process of developing a three year strategic plan.

Seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel and emerging from what has been a very tenuous time for many in our community, Book Arts is at an interesting crossroads. We find ourselves on solid ground and are poised to continue serving the needs of our community while growing Book Arts and expanding our creative and educational impact. For more than a decade, Books Arts has been a welcoming and accessible space. What we do here is rooted in a very rich and robust printing history that still informs how we communicate and create today. It’s integral to our future, too. Participating in the ICAP program is already helping us take a holistic approach to crafting that future not just with renewed enthusiasm, but also intention, balance, focus, and sustainability. There is great energy among us. ICAP is helping us channel that energy in exciting ways. It is a privilege to be participating in this program.

Lynn Lasota

Board Member, WNY Book Arts Center

Book Arts’ exectutive director, board members, and Dr. Millane held a retreat to kick off the program at HANSA Workspace,  a full-service, professional shared office space and modern coworking community.

This program is generously supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

For more information on this opportunity & others from the Western New York Foundation, please visit https://www.wnyfoundation.org/grant-programs.

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