Five Elements of a Healthy Nonprofit
A medical check-up is an important tool for maintaining and improving our personal heath. It works the same for organizations. Take time now to pause and give your organization a check-up.
Assess your organization's health
We have made it easy to assess the health of your organization. While not everything important is easy to measure, a frank assessment of your organization can help you identify and prioritize your next steps.
Our model for a healthy nonprofit looks at these five elements:
- Strong governance and oversight
- Good management and a healthy organizational culture
- The resources to carry out your mission and accountable management of funding
- Communications and relationships with people who give you money, use what you create, help you meet your mission, and carry your message
- Efficient and effective programs, services, and administrative systems
The Self-Assessment will tell you how your organizations is doing on 58 standards. Intrigued? Want to see how your organization measures up? We have two ways you can do this.
Option 1: Online Self-Assessment, results report, and recommendations
The person with the most knowledge of the organization completes the FREE Self-Assessment or gathers a team to jointly review the standards and decide where you are in meeting them. A single set of responses are entered into the online form and a results report and general recommendations are emailed to you.
Option 2: Pathways: Self-Assessment, results report, facilitated decision making, and customized recommendations
If you want to engage a team within your organization and go deeper with the self-assessment, consider Pathways. In addition to receiving the results report and general recommendations, our consultants will help your team identify priority areas for improvement and provide customized recommendations. The consultants provide 25-35 hours of consulting. Thanks to the Satterberg Foundation, the cost is currently only $1,200 (ask about the availability of additional subsidies for organizations with budgets under one million dollars).
This short consultation includes six steps:
- Two Pathways consultants meet with your team to learn about your organization and set the stage for the consultation.
- Team members complete the self-assessment in paper form (in their areas of knowledge).
- The consultants facilitate a discussion of the standards and the team select the scores. After the discussion, a representative enters the agreed upon scores into a personalized survey link.
- The results report and standard recommendations are emailed.
- The consultants and team meet to review the results and identify three priority areas for improvement.
- Finally, the consultants develop customized recommendations tailored to your chosen priorities and share them with the team.
To learn more about Pathways, contact Jan Burrell, Volunteer Initiatives Program Manager.
Learn More about the Five Elements
If you have only a few minutes and want help thinking about where your organization is at and what kinds of services or resources you might benefit from in order to become more resilient, you can click through to each of the elements below and consider the questions you find.
Answering these questions will give you a sense of where you have opportunities for improvement and what you might want to prioritize. If you need additional help, contact our free Information & Referral service.
Governance & Boards
The engagement and accountability of the board of directors is essential to a high-impact nonprofit.More About Boards
Fundraising & Financial Management
A nonprofit's mission can be accomplished only if it has the resources it needs.Take the First Step
Communications & Relationships
Relationships with donors, volunteers, staff, clients, and the community sustain your organization.Learn More
Planning, Technology, & Administration
Having a clear and well-resourced administrative mission will super-charge your organizational mission.Start Today
Management & Culture
The management skills and internal culture of the organization are more influential than a big bank account.Make Change Happen