Application Readiness Assessment

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NYCT-2017

Application Readiness Assessment

Initially developed as tool that allowed nonprofits to do a quick assessment of their readiness to apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, the Readiness Assessment is now an instrument that enables all nonprofit organizations to reflect on their management practices based on NPCC’s Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence. By asking organizations to select whether a practice exists, does not exist, or is being developed, this tool helps nonprofits identify their management strengths and areas for improvement.

Instructions:

Read each practice. Then select the option that best reflects the state of that practice at your organization: Current Practice, Not a Current Practice, Practice Being Developed.








  • AREA ONE: OVERALL MANAGEMENT FOCUS ON RESULTS AND IMPACT

  • AREA TWO: GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE MOVES THE ORGANIZATION FORWARD

  • AREA THREE: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT IS STRONG, TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE

  • AREA FOUR: ORGANIZATION IS DIVERSE, EQUITABLE, AND INCLUSIVE

  • AREA FIVE: HUMAN RESOURCES ARE VALUED AND DEVELOPED

  • AREA SIX: USE OF IT SYSTEMS IMPROVES EFFICIENCY AND ADVANCES MISSION

  • AREA SEVEN: COMMUNICATIONS ARE PLANNED, REGULAR AND EFFECTIVE

  • AREA EIGHT: FUNDRAISING AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ARE STRATEGIC, DONOR-CENTERED AND EFFECTIVE

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


  • If you've selected ‘current practice’ for 80% or more of these practices, your organization has solid management practices and NPCC would recommend you consider applying for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
  • If you've selected ‘current practice’ for 60-80% of these practices, your management practices are in need of some improvement, and it is recommended that you speak with NPCC program staff to discuss your organization's readiness to apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
  • If you've selected ‘current practice’ for less than 60% of these practices, your management practices are in need of considerable improvement and your organization may not be ready to apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. This list of helpful resources in each management area may be a good starting point.