The skills required to manage a nonprofit organization have been systematized into the “15 Management Capabilities to Improve NPOs,” a self-assessment check sheet developed to supplement the practical, know-how-focused workbook entitled “15 Capabilities for Nonprofit Leaders.” The check sheet allows for the monitoring of an organization’s development of the skills that are vital to the sustained support of its projects by examining 12 of the “15 Management Capabilities to Improve NPOs.” The simplified version takes the essence of the check sheet and distills it into five items.
This tool was created by JNPOC together with World Vision Japan and NPO Support Centers nationwide as part of the NPO Training and Capacity-Building Project, which targeted groups working towards recovery after the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster.
The disaster’s unprecedented scale led to growing expectations for nonprofits able to respond to the specific post-disaster needs in the recovery process. This tool was created against the backdrop of a sudden increase in funding for local nonprofit activities, which at the time were exhausted due to capacity vulnerabilities given the extent of the tasks they faced. As time passed, many groups were no longer able to sustain their activities for finance and human resource-related reasons due to waning interest in the disaster. This checklist was compiled to help problem-solving in nonprofit leadership development and to strengthen the capacities of local nonprofits, so they can engage in sustained and multifaceted activities.
150 min. (15 min. for simplified version)
Self-assessment covering 12 fields - Yes or No for 10 items for a total score of 120 (maximum of 120 points)
Original workbook created July 27, 2013
Check sheet created around spring of 2014
About 6,000 copies of original workbook distributed (5,963 as of December 16, 2015)
Minkan NPO Shien Center Shorai wo Tenbo-suru-kai (aka CEO Meeting)
Public Resources Foundation
Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development Cooperation (KCOC)
The People's Conference Aimed at Encouraging Excellent NPOs
Voluntary Action Network India (VANI)
Taiwan NPO Self-Regulation Alliance
Japan NPO Center (JNPOC)
Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC)
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
Corporation Committee for Cambodia (CCC)