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The Alliance is the national voice and catalyst for the field of capacity building.

Our mission is to increase the effectiveness of the individuals, groups and organizations that help nonprofits and communities achieve positive social change. We create spaces for professional dialogue and learning by amplifying research in the field and promoting its implications for effective practice.


We are a knowledge community whose power lies in our inclusive and active chorus of members.

We are consultants, coaches, funders, academics, and executives from across the country. Our vision is to convene the diverse perspectives that shape and advance our field.

We believe that quality research and practice need each other—that each lens and pursuit should inform and affect the other. That’s why it’s so important to break down the silos, and share and synthesize what we know for the betterment of all.

We want all those who are interested in improving their practice to exchange perspectives and to translate and apply research; and we want to promote and inform research that offers insights into the field of capacity building, whether academic, field-based, practitioner-led, or Alliance-led.

Together, we can better advance our individual pursuits, the field of capacity building, and the social change it critically supports.