Nonprofit Board Assessment Program

OVERVIEW & GOALS
Nonprofit boards that are ready to take the first step toward increasing their diversity and encouraging equity and inclusion are invited to apply to be a part of the TNP Board Inclusion Assessment. An inclusion assessment helps an organization prepare for the transformational process or change required to increase diversity. It identifies an organization’s strengths and weaknesses and the potential challenges that might arise when implementing new processes, structures and positions, and when adjusting its culture. Inclusion assessments are a common and critical tool for organizations preparing for change.

TNP believes that, for many nonprofit boards, increasing diversity and inclusion constitutes a significant organizational change, and that an inclusion assessment is vital to organizational success. TNP will offer this Inclusion Assessment to selected nonprofit boards in 2019 in order to accomplish three goals:

  1. Allow selected nonprofit boards to identify and address any potential barriers to successfully improve diversity and inclusion;
  2. Allow TNP to gain a “snapshot” look into any current and common issues nonprofit boards face and create a strategic plan to address them across the sector; and
  3. Allow the Austin nonprofit sector to understand the complexities of board recruitment and placement, especially of people of color, and create and support a system to address them. 

ACTION PLAN
Using a rigorous intercultural competence assessment tool, TNP will give selected nonprofits the opportunity to identify any issues that might impede successful change. TNP will invite all Austin-area nonprofits to apply, then select nonprofits based on criteria including impact area, revenue, size of board, and other characteristics in order to create a useful sampling of organizations. Selected nonprofits will then have the executive director and board chair, as well as two or more other board members, participate in a cohort of 5-8 organizations. TNP will then convene the cohort to present the results of these surveys to the cohort for discussion. TNP will also publish a Snapshot Report of survey findings and the discussion.

ASSESSMENT TIMELINE
– Applications for the 2019 Nonprofit Assessment will be available in August.