The Princeton Area Community Foundation is urging local nonprofits to join a study to gauge their own effectiveness and identify areas for improvement, underwritten by the Community Foundation.

We are working with up to fifty organizations through November and early December. Participants will take a 146-question online survey as part of a Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). The questionnaire offers a snapshot of a nonprofit’s ability to manage the processes and systems that characterize a high-performing organization.

Jay Watson, left, a Community Foundation trustee and VP of the D&R Greenway, Debby D’Arcangelo, center, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area and Kieling at launch of CCAT study in October.

Jay Watson, left, a Community Foundation trustee and VP of the D&R Greenway, Debby D’Arcangelo, center, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Mercer Area and Kieling at launch of CCAT study in October.

A limited number of slots are still available for the study. But organizations have to enroll and complete the assessment by December 13. Participants will receive an instant report with benchmarking data upon survey completion.

“Taking the CCAT begins the process of developing best practices,” said Michelle Cash, Community Foundation VP Grants & Programs. “In addition to selecting knowledgeable staff and board members to complete the CCAT survey, nonprofits should plan to spend time addressing report recommendations and assessing progress.”

Each participating organization will receive a confidential, individualized report tying their scores to a life-cycle analysis, and an opportunity to speak with a consultant by phone for help interpreting their results. The Community Foundation will hold a meeting in early 2014 for all organizations that complete the CCAT to discuss common issues and help the Community Foundation consider next steps.

“Leadership of an organization – both board and staff – must be committed to following through on the administration as well as openly discussing and implementing the results,” Cash said. “We look forward to robust discussion about how we can all improve our organizations.”

Click here to sign up.