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Grant Assessment

Are you considering starting or expanding your nonprofit's grant-seeking strategy? Green Avenue offers a free assessment that can help you determine if your organization is ready to take this critical step. This assessment is a valuable tool that can provide insights and guidance on approaching grant-seeking, so don't hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity. Your nonprofit can impact the causes you care about with the right approach and resources.

Thank you for providing us with this information. We need to have accurate data to ensure that we can fully support your readiness. Please be assured that we will not contact you unless you explicitly request it, and we will never sell your information to any third-party entities. Your privacy is of utmost importance to us, and we take every measure to ensure that your personal information is kept secure and confidential.

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Are you a nonprofit organization?
Is it OK for Green Avenue to contact you after taking this assessmnt?
What are your grant seeking goals?

Grant Readiness Assessment Questions

Please answer honestly. We will not share information about your organization with anyone.

1. How long has your organization had its 501c3 status?

If you do not currently have a 501(c)(3) application pending or approved, this assessment will not be helpful to you.

To receive tax-deductible gifts, your organization must be a 501c3 organization. Once complete, the IRS will provide a letter that documents your status.

2. What are your current sources of funding?

Most nonprofit organizations have a variety of different funding sources. Select EACH type of funding you receive.

3. How many consecutive years have you filed an IRS form 990, which could include the 990EZ and 990N?

Most nonprofit organizations file a 990 or a 990EZ information return each year. This is your organization's most-important fundraising document

4. Do you have independent audits completed?

A professional, often a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), completes this audit and reviews your financial records, practices, and controls to determine whether they adhere to "generally accepted accounting principles." Not all nonprofits are required to have an audit.

5. How many volunteers (other than board members) do you have each year?
6. How many full-time equivalent (FTE) paid staff do you have?

One FTE works 2080 hours per year. If you have two half-time staff members, count them as one FTE.

7. Has your board completed a Standards of Excellence or other comprehensive board training?

This is formal training for nonprofit boards and staff on best practices in nonprofit management, delivered by a qualified third-party provider.

8. Do you collaborate, share referrals or otherwise work with other nonprofit organizations in your community?

Collaborators are not funders or customers. You partner to share information/resources.

9a. How many people serve on your board of directors?
9b. Do your board members reflect the population that you serve and/​or the demographics of your community?
10. Do any staff members (paid or unpaid) serve as voting member of the board?

Not volunteers who only work on a limited basis. Include staff who work regularly and are key to fulfilling the mission.

11. Do any family members of any key staff members serve on the board?

Immediate family only: husband/wife, sibling, parent/child, in-laws

12. Does 100% of the board of directors give financially to the organization every year?

Amount they give individually does not matter. If they give $1, that counts.

13. Does your board of directors have formal, written by-laws, a whistle-blower policy and a conflict of interest policy that are reviewed annually?

If you aren't sure what these are, you probably don't have them.

14. Does your board have term limits that are enforced?

When a board member reaches their term limits, are they required to step off the board for a time?

15. What is your current organizational annual budget?

Based on your total expenses for the fiscal year - either last year's or this year's projected.

16. Do you document the demographics of the population you serve (age, race, income, etc.)?

This is documentation that you keep historically, not just what you "think" you have for demographics.

17. Do you document the "outputs" of your programming?

Outcomes are the results of your outputs. For example, "Three months after the training session, 50% of attendees said they had created a household budget."

19. If you are a faith-based organization, do you require those you serve to participate in church-related activities as a condition of the program?
20. How did you learn about Green Avenues Readiness Assessment?
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