This Organizational Assessment from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a tool for board members and staff to self-assess their organization in five key areas of its operations: Mission, Vision and Strategy; Governance and Leadership; Program Development and Impact; Strategic Relationships; Resource Development; and Internal Operations and Management. The checklist can, more importantly, be used as a forum for group discussions about the status of the organization and its future direction, allowing board members and staff to celebrate successes and identify and address areas of concern.
A nonprofit organization’s success is directly related to the strength of its governance. For a nonprofit preservation organization to sustain and grow its operations and program service delivery long-term, the organization must be governed by a skilled board of directors and led by a knowledgeable staff that delivers services and programs tied to a clear mission. Organizations will flounder over time without a strong foundation established by organizational vision, leadership, and good governance.