Organizational Assessment

Evaluating an organization’s strengths and challenges is critical to planning strategically for the future.  An organizational assessment provides a “snapshot” of an organization’s health so that boards, staff, and stakeholders can make strategic decisions to help the organization effectively deliver programs and services. Organizational assessments:

  • Highlight organizational strengths and challenges in key governance and management areas
  • Recommend actions to strengthen these areas
  • Identify resources that can help with implementing the recommended actions

HandsOn NWNC uses the Impact Capacity Assessment Tool (iCAT) to help facilitate this process.  The iCAT is an anonymous online survey that collects information from invited stakeholders, leadership, key staff, and Board members on six, research-based organizational capacities: Leading, Learning, Resource Generating, Planning, Managing, and Overseeing. The iCAT automatically converts the survey information into an online report that summarizes the organization’s strengths and challenges, and makes recommendations for improvement.  The iCAT takes approximately 30 minutes per person to complete.  After completing the iCAT, the nonprofit will be paired with a consultant who will facilitate a 3-4 hour session to help the organization interpret the iCAT results, identify top priorities, and devise a plan for next steps.

Nonprofits are required to complete a one year follow-up to report on whether any recommendations have been implemented, the resulting impacts, and what the challenges/hindrances to addressing these recommendations have been. All information will be kept confidential and will be reported anonymously for grant purposes.

Cost. $225/organization.  For HandsOn NWNC Supporting Partners, the cost is $200/organization.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.  If you are unsure as to whether your organization is a Supporting Partner, please check Join/Give Now on our website or call 336-724-2866. One-half of the fee must be submitted with the application.  If payment is a barrier to this program, please contact us. This particularly applies to small, grassroots organizations and those led by people of color.

Apply here.

For more information, contact the Program Director.