When was the last time your organization’s board evaluated their own performance? A strong board of directors is vital to the success of your nonprofit organization. Keep your board accountable and effective by having them assess their performance every 2 to 3 years.
Why are board self-assessments important?
An active and effective board can help your organization boost its success. Self-assessments are important because they allow board directors to not only evaluate their role on the board but also to examine the work of the board and organization as a whole.
What issues should be explored in the self-assessment?
Roles of key players
- Are board members aware of their responsibilities and obligations?
- What responsibilities lie with board members compared to staff members?
- Are board officers completing their obligations?
- How involved are board members in the activities of the organization?
- How effective is the communication between board members and staff members?
- Is the current structure of the board effective?
- Are there too many committees?
- Are additional committees needed?
- Is the board’s decision making process effective?
- How well does the board ensure that the organization stays true to its mission statement?
- Is the board aware of what the goals are for the organization?
- Is the board doing their part to reach these goals?
- What are potential hot spots for the organization?
- How can the board help address these potential hot spots?
- Has the board reviewed the finances of the organization?
- How involved is the board in making financial decisions?
- Are board members meeting their fundraising goals?
The questions above are jumping off point for the organization to begin the board self-assessment process. Your organization may think of additional issues that need to be assessed. As with all evaluations, your organization should clearly define what success looks like for the different evaluation factors so that each board member is on the same page.
Once board members complete the self-assessment, it is important to review the results together. Examine the strengths of the board in addition to targeting areas for improvement. Develop a plan that will allow the board to continue to draw upon its strengths while tackling challenging issues.
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