Can Your Non Profit Survive and Thrive? A Quick Test

Evaluate your non profit organization on each of these “survive-to-thrive” characteristics, the higher your score — the better. Use this self-administered test to identify the area or areas where your organization needs to work next.1

1. Sources of funds

Few Many
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

2. Amount of funds

Insufficient (< $250,000 per yr.) Sufficient
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


3. Approach to non profit as a professional endeavor

Amateur, hobby Professional
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


4. Management

Paternal Independent and professional
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


5. Mission focus

Too narrow or too broad “Just right”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


6. Programs of impeccable quality that serve others

“Hey, we’re doing our best” “We’re the undisputed best”
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


7. Captivating a wider audience

Small # of core believers Growing friends
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

1 A retreat can be designed to help your board explore this question and to strengthen your organization. Please call for information.

Thanks to Peggy Olson from the Templeton Foundation for her suggestions on this tool.

To learn the seven sources of non profit income, click here

To learn how non profits earn income in the aggregate, click here and here.