Elements of the OCAT

The capacity framework defines nonprofit capacity in a pyramid of ten essential elements
Category details
1
Aspirations
An organization's mission, vision, and overarching goals, which collectively articulate its common sense of purpose and direction
2
Strategy
The coherent set of actions and programs aimed at fulfilling the organization's overarching goals
3
Leadership, staff and volunteers
The collective capabilities, experiences, potential and commitment of the organization's board, management team, staff, and volunteers
4
Funding
The systems, individuals, and budgeting processes that ensure that an organization has enough financial resources to operate in a sustainable manner
5
Values
The connective tissue that binds together the organization, including shared values and practices, behavioral norms, and the level of the organization's performance orientation
6
Learning and innovation
The performance measures, information management systems, learning assessment loop mechanisms, and innovative practices that the organization has in place
7
Marketing and communications
The means through which an organization builds awareness of its cause and goals amongst its constituents and beyond
8
Advocacy
(for advocacy-focused organizations)
9
Managing processes
The organization's operational, risk-management, and decision-making processes that affect its ability to run successfully
10
Organization, infrastructure and technology
The combination of governance, IT capabilities, physical infrastructure, organizational design, inter-functional coordination, and individual job descriptions that shape the organization's legal and management structure
Optional Advocacy
1
Advocacy strategy
The set of advocacy objectives, their alignment and connection to the organization’s day-to-day work, and measures of success
2
Planning
Clear plan and planning process to drive Advocacy work
3
Advocacy organization
Resources, skills, and structures to effective drive Advocacy work within the organization
4
Landscape and relationships
Understanding of the existing issue landscape and an ability to develop and manage relationships to support Advocacy
5
Effective influence
The ability to persuade a range of stakeholders on issues related to the organization’s Advocacy objectives
6
Communications
The quality and reach of an organization’s Advocacy communications