In an effort to make capacity-building resources easily accessible to partner agencies, the Agency Services Department created the Capacity Building Toolkit. As with any good toolkit, we have tried to include a tool for every possible need, with information covering topics such as grant writing and fundraising, healthy pantry models, program development and evaluation, board development and more. The toolkit will be updated with new resources and innovative ideas as it presents itself. Partner Agencies also have the opportunity to share any resources they believe would be beneficial to other agencies with Agency Services staff to be uploaded to the toolkit.

Advocacy Tools

It takes more than food to fight hunger. The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is committed to advocating for programs and policies that guarantee adequate nutrition for all eastern Oklahomans. Help us raise awareness about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma and advocate for legislation that addresses the many factors that contribute to food insecurity. Together, we can make a difference.

Board Development

An effective board can provide a foundation for the mission of the organization and a framework of expectations that make it possible for the management, staff, and volunteers to focus upon the day-to-day tasks of making that mission a reality.

Community Gardens

Community gardens can reduce the impact of food deserts in low-income areas and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life. They can be a beneficial addition to many communities by increasing the availability of nutritious foods, strengthening community ties, reducing environmental hazards, reducing food miles and creating a more sustainable system.

Data Management

Many nonprofit organizations struggle to collect data and many organizations also struggle to find meaning in the data they collect. Good data management practices can help your organization make more informed decisions and take smarter actions.


Fundraising is not just a means of raising money, but also a way to promote the message and goals of a charity. It ensures that the charity can continue funding and helping its cause.

Grant Writing

Successful management in a nonprofit organization requires many professional traits and skills, including the ability to efficiently acquire funding for the organization’s projects. Many nonprofits depend largely on outside funding from grants to continue operating.

Healthy Pantry Models

Food environments have a major role in influencing peoples’ food choices, dietary patterns, and health outcomes. For underserved populations facing food insecurity and chronic disease, it is critical to make healthy foods more accessible.

How to Start a Non Profit

There are many ways to make in impact in your community and starting a nonprofit is just one. Starting and sustaining a nonprofit can be a significant challenge, particularly in light of today's economy. There are currently more than one million charitable nonprofits in the United States, but many struggle to attract increasingly limited funding. Before starting out, you will need to identify and quantify the need for your specific organization, to research whether there are other groups already engaged in the same or similar work, and to ensure that starting a new nonprofit is the right solution.


Marketing is essential for an organization’s survival and, after all, nonprofits are a business. Marketing consists of the strategies and tactics used to identify, create and maintain satisfying relationships with customers—donors, members, volunteers, clients and other stakeholders.

Nutrition Information

The association of food insecurity with nutrition-related chronic conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, has led to the proposal of food pantries as community-based intervention sites for the delivery of additional health-related programs and other nutrition-focused services.

Program Development & Evaluation

Logic Models provide evidence that the organization is strategic in how it uses its resources and clearly communicate the goal of the organization and what the organization does.


Program Evaluation is important to periodically assess and adapt your activities to ensure they are as effective as they can be. Evaluation can help you identify areas for improvement and ultimately help you realize your goals more efficiently.

Volunteer Management

Volunteers are a valuable resource for nonprofits and a component that can lead organizations towards fulfilling their goals of a greater good. Developing a volunteer management process is a much-need effort.