Community Organizing Capacity Tool

Community organizing involves a lot of moving parts. To be successful, it’s important to prepare for success – by understanding an organization’s readiness to engage and empower constituents and having access to appropriate organizing evaluation resources. In one hour or less, an organization can answer questions online about skills, expertise, gaps, and the resources available to successfully engage in community organizing work. PowerCheck generates immediate results, letting organizations and coalitions know where and how to focus resources and what types of partnerships to seek out to help build a plan to move forward

“Community organizing focuses on bringing power to a community and empowers communities to create change.”
-Brian Kettenring, Center for Popular Democracy

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With the free PowerCheck tool, you can easily be more effective by identifying your group’s or coalition’s many skills, specific gaps, and strategic opportunities, and you can then focus the organization’s resources where needed.


Supporting community organizing is key to developing movements where change is needed at local, national, and all levels. PowerCheck can help you understand the skills and readiness of your grantee, identify gaps and opportunities in your funding portfolio, focus resources where most needed, and assess grantee programs in their organizations.


PowerCheck can help you assess a baseline of groups’ organizing readiness skills, resources and other capacities, plan how to strengthen the organization, and mark progress in doing so.

This tool consists of:
  • Preliminary questions about the organization (this includes informal groups and coalitions).
  • Core capacities or indicators: The indicators and related measures have been selected based on experience gathered by organizers, advocates, evaluators, funders, and other nonprofit leaders. Together, they represent the core areas of capacity for any organization or groups of organizations that aim to be effective community organizers over time. They are organized into five sections:
    1. Pre-Organizing: Goals, Power Analysis and Planning
    2. Empowerment/Constituent Leadership
    3. Organizing for Change
    4. Community Consensus Building (Optional)
    5. Organizational Operations/Infrastructure
  • Measures: Each of the 24 indicators has four-six basic measures and one to four optional advanced measures. Users rate themselves according to the measures.

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