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Assessment of Organization

Please prepare a concise document discussing the main organization you plan to enlist to help you carry out your project. Follow the format below, including the section headings but omitting the instructions below the headings.


What is the organization’s mission? Please draw on its own mission statement or similar document: don’t just write down what its mission appears to be. However, it’s OK to paraphrase: you don’t need to include the exact text of the statement.


How is the organization structured? Is it part of a broader organization (e.g., a local branch of a national organization)? Is it a non-profit, government agency, private sector firm, or something else?


How large is it (the local component if it’s part of a broader organization) in terms of personnel? Are most of the personnel professionals or volunteers? How large is it in terms of projects undertaken or caseloads of clients?


How large is its annual budget? Where does the money come from?


Who runs the organization on a day to day basis? Is it a full time, part time, or volunteer position? To whom is that person responsible: a board of directors?

Potential contacts

What individual(s) will be your initial contact with the organization? What is that person’s role in the organization? Why do they seem like the right place to start?


This section is option but please feel free to include it if there are other important aspects of the organization beyond the items above.

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