Nonprofit Organizational Assessment

Nonprofit Organizations

Apply for No-Cost Assessment

The University of Oregon Nonprofit Clinic provides a free governance assessment to Oregon nonprofits (budget about $50k to $4m). Nonprofits interested in participating in this dynamic interdisciplinary program are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

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 governance 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 UO School of Law, the Lundquist College of Business, the School 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 select group trainings for your board and staff.


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 two hours. One is for the team’s information gathering. The other is a presentation of the assessment’s findings and a facilitated discussion among staff and directors evaluating the team’s recommendations.

The clinic provides services once each year from February through April.

To view nonprofit organization eligibility requirements, click here: Eligibility Requirements for clinic participation.

To view and download the nonprofit organization application, click here: File Nonprofit Organization Application .

“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