Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




Building the capacity of nonprofits is important in our current social, economic and philanthropic landscape. The purpose of this report is to provide a guide to nascent nonprofit organizations on how to successfully grow their own capacity. Through an analysis of the current operations of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, a description of my own duties within this organization, a SWOT analysis, a best practices model, analysis of two other organizations with similarly aligned missions and recommendations for the organization, it is hoped that this report will shed light on this particular organization’s transition from an immature organization into a stable, effective, and mature nonprofit.


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