What Are the Key Things We Need to Know About Organizational Assessments?

Jul 18, 2014

Many grantmakers use organizational assessments as a first step in capacity-building support to get a better picture of their grantees' capacity strengths and challenges. When done well, the organizational assessment process can yield important insights about organizational health, help ensure commitment to capacity building from the nonprofit's staff and board, and serve as a useful conversation starter for grantmaker and grantee. When done poorly, organizational assessments can feel like yet another hoop for a nonprofit to jump through in order to get funding. This piece offers considerations for effective use of organizational assessments for strengthening capacity-building efforts.

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