Nonprofit Organizations: Apply for No-Cost Organizational Assessment by UO Nonprofit Clinic
The University of Oregon Nonprofit Clinic provides a free organizational assessment to nonprofits (budget size about $50k to $2m) that are either in Eugene, Springfield and surrounding rural areas (within 1.5 hours from Eugene) or that have capability to conference via skype or video conference. Nonprofits interested in participating in this dynamic interdisciplinary program are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are being accepted now and are reviewed on a rolling basis.
WHAT WE DO FOR YOU:
Assessments include review of:
- Board governance
- Bylaws legal compliance
- Fiscal controls, policies, and procedures
- Board orientation
- Conflict management
- Board & staff roles & responsibilities
The Nonprofit Clinic will provide you with a free organizational assessment – a valuable “reality check” intended to assist your organization in identifying strengths and needs for change. A written report of the assessment, guidance on how to accomplish suggested changes and a detailed resource packet to help with implementation of recommendations will be presented.
Your Nonprofit will be assigned an interdisciplinary team of students drawn from the U of O’s School of Law, the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM), and the Master's Degree Program in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES). An experienced consultant will guide the team.
We will also provide a valuable legal compliance review of your Organization’s Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, as well as access to group trainings for your board and staff on important policies.
WHAT YOUR PARTICIPATION ENTAILS:
Your board and key staff will be asked to complete a survey by mid December.
Other documents must also be provided to the clinic for review no later than mid December.
Most of the board and executive staff must be able to attend two meetings of about two hours. One is for the team’s information gathering, and should occur in about the first week of February. Another meeting in about the second week of March is to present the assessment’s findings, and to facilitate a discussion among staff and directors evaluating and prioritizing the team’s recommendations.
The clinic serves twelve nonprofits each year (January – April).
To view nonprofit organization eligibility requirements, click here: Eligibility Requirements for clinic participation.
To view and download the nonprofit organization application, click here: Nonprofit Organization Application
Read about the clinic in the University of Oregon School of Law’s Appropriate Dispute Resolution newsletter.
“The initial interview, assessment presentation, and follow-up legal presentations gave our board and staff the chance to work together as a team in engaging, stimulating discussions, centered around longer-term core issues, while the board policies presentation and Bylaws review laid out a very clear road-map as to where we can improve. … The suggested actions were extremely practical and will be straightforward to apply.”
– Joint Forces Dance Company Board Member, 2013 clinic participant
“The information was very valuable for me personally, and as well, members of our board became much more engaged as a result of the conversation, communication, and information dispensed by the students and faculty that assisted with the clinic. Thank you for helping to make us a better organization.”
– KIDSPORTS Executive Director, 2012 clinic participant