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Capacity Cohorts: BESTI

2021 Applications Closed

What is a Capacity Cohort?

Capacity Cohorts are in-depth and long-term programs for not-for-profits looking to increase their organizational capacity. Organizations are guided through a detailed self-assessment and the creation of a capacity enhancement plan which prepares the organization to transition through key organizational development stages. Based on the lifecycles approach from the Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, Capacity Cohorts support not-for-profits to take concrete steps toward developing stronger governance, management, administrative systems, financial resources, and programs.

All Capacity Cohorts:

  • Provide a new tool for holistic assessment and planning tailored to each participant’s lifecycle
  • Provide common language about the capacity and elements of organizational health which become embedded in the community vocabulary
  • Build local expertise in lifecycle consulting and management
  • Strengthen key partners in support of mission sustainability

Upcoming Cohorts: BESTI

Due to COVID19 the BESTI Program is rescheduled to launch June 2021. Please review the new dates below and updated program guide. Thank you!

BESTI: Building Excellence and Sustainability Together Intensive

BESTI is a 12-month cohort for not-for-profits in the Central Okanagan, jointly offered by the Central Okanagan Foundation, Valley First, City of Kelowna, Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute, and Vantage Point.

To learn more about BESTI and before applying, please review the accessible PDF: BESTI Program Guide.

Application for Organizations

Organizations which meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply:

  • EReview minimum criteria on the form page
  • EComplete the application form (April 16, 2021)
  • ESubmit required attachments (April 16, 2021) to
  • EList of Board of Directors
  • EOrganization chart/staff roles
  • EMost recently completed financial review or audit
  • ECurrent financial statements

Application for Consultants

Consultants who meet the minimum criteria are invited to apply:

  • EReview minimum criteria on the form page
  • EComplete the Expression of Interest (April 2, 2021)
  • ESubmit required documents (April 2, 2021) to
  • EResume
  • EReferences

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