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Capacity Cohorts

What is a Capacity Cohort?

Capacity Cohorts are in-depth and long-term programs for individual leaders and organizations looking to increase capacity and strengthen resiliency. Participants are provided with skill-building training and the opportunity to build relationships with peers navigating similar challenges in their community.

Cohorts give participants the opportunity to work with trusted leaders who can support them to map a path to achieve their aspirations.

Through the power of working in community, Capacity Cohorts support not-for-profits to take concrete steps towards developing stronger tools to support their mission.

All Capacity Cohorts:

  • Provide tools for capacity assessment and organizational development
  • Provide common language and practical tools to plan and implement capacity goals
  • Build on local expertise
  • Strengthen organizational sustainability and mission impact


BESTi: Building Excellence and Sustainability Together Intensive

Please note: Application period is closed for the current BESTi Kelowna cohort.

A 12-month Lifecycle Capacity cohort, the BESTi program is designed to provide capacity building support for select not-for-profit organizations to transition through key organizational development growth moments by developing strong governance, management, administrative systems, and financial resources, using the lifecycles approach to building not-for-profit capacity.

The program is designed to:

  • 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 that become embedded in the community vocabulary
  • Build local expertise in lifecycle consulting and management
  • Strengthen key partners in support of mission sustainability

 Understanding an organization’s lifecycle stage allows organizations to pinpoint exact growing pains and next steps in capacity development. The model is intended to empower organizational leaders to conduct a detailed self-assessment across the following five areas: programs, management, governance, administrative systems, and financial resources. This assessment will reveal the current state of the organization across these five dimensions to inform the development of a detailed Capacity Enhancement Plan.

BESTi Kelowna 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 Kelowna, please review the accessible PDF: BESTI Program Guide.

For further information about the BESTi cohort, contact Jenessa Ellis at

Change Network

Change Network is a pilot project funded by Vancouver Coastal Health and designed to provide the skills and tools required to create and advocate for a common advocacy goal, alongside a cohort of like-minded organizations.

Participants will learn the structure, skills, and tactics of a successful advocacy campaign, while they are provided the resources and a system of support to work collectively and make meaningful change.

The stages throughout this program include:

  1. Identify a “Change Goal”
  2. Map Stakeholders and Conduct Research
  3. Articulate a Theory of Change and Develop Strategy
  4. Implement the Strategy
  5. Evaluation

This program is ideal for not-for-profit organizations in British Columbia who seek to improve their advocacy skills and reach. Our first cohort invites not-for-profits working to end Food Insecurity to collaborate and learn how to implement effective social impact campaigns.

Currently Accepting Expressions of Interest (EOI).

To learn more about our Change Network and how to submit an Expression of Interest, please review the accessible PDF: Change Network Program Guide.

For further information about the Change Network, contact Jenessa Ellis at

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