Center for Community and Economic Development
Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool
This section of the Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool can help guide a group discussion about an organization's readiness for a strategic alliance. This group discussion ideally should include board members, staff, volunteers, and service recipients, but could be used as a self-assessment tool by anyone associated with a nonprofit organization.
As indicated in the Frequently Asked Questions not all organizations should pursue a strategic alliance. For that reason, this section of the Organizational Assessment Tool is structured a little differently from the other 7 sections. First, check the organizational conditions where you could answer "yes". Next, indicate whether a strategic alliance could address that condition (A lot, Somewhat, Not at All). It is your perception of the organization. There are no right or wrong answers. If used with a group, each individual should complete the assessment tool. After allowing adequate time, compare responses and discuss any areas where there were different perceptions. As a final step, try to determine if you have a significant number of conditions where a strategic alliance would help address a problem. Then, move on to the second portion of the Assessment Tool that focuses on the organizational process. Finally, attempt to complete an action plan to address weaknesses within your organizational process.
This particular section of the assessment tool focuses on the concepts of strategic alliances presented during the educational programs produced by the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The complete Nonprofit Organizational Assessment Tool will be composed of eight sections based on the content presented in the eight programs that make up the curriculum of the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations was a collaboration involving the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Society for Nonprofit Organizations. The University has ended its formal relationship with the SNPO, but videotape presentation kits reside in most of the University of Wisconsin Extension County offices.
*LI faculty contributor for this section: David Campbell
Strategic Alliances Assessment Tool**
Conditions Within the Organization
Sample Action Plans:
Use the following format to begin formulating an action plan that would improve your organization's performance relative to a specific indicator listed above.
Indicator: Potential partners and their value have been identified and assessed.
**Part of an 9-part series of assessment tools that address critical management issues within a nonprofit organizations. This tool was developed for the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations and is based in part on two existing tools:
Community Organizational Assessment Tool, Bright, Robert D., University of Wisconsin Extension, 1995 (Adapted from Citizens Involvement Training Program., University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
Checklist of Nonprofit Indicators, United Way of Minneapolis Area, 1998.