Most organizations can easily figure out if their board is getting a passing or a failing grade, but anyone who has experience in nonprofit leadership can tell you that there’s a big difference between a board getting a D and a board getting an A or B.
We understand how important it is to gauge your board’s effectiveness and to have tangible ideas ready to suggest when improvement in needed, which is why we put together a free tool that you can use as often as you’d like to give your board a grade on how well they are performing relative to fundamental criteria for success.
Our assessment will use success indicators to evaluate your boards activities across several key focus areas:
At the end you will receive a final score that helps you to understand which areas have room for improvement and areas where your organization is excelling because it is already well developed and prepared. For each area where your board needs more work, there is a section to make specific comments about your current and past efforts as well as detail your plans for improvement, which makes it easy to not only get organized but also establish accountability for these goals.
This self-assessment tool is helpful for nonprofits in all lifecycle stages – from newly formed start-up organizations to mature organizations that are positioned for long-term growth and everything in between! It is meant to be done annually to better align the organization’s strategic efforts and establish priorities for the year ahead. We hope that this tool gives your ideas, aspirations, and expectations a centralized place to live and grow to benefit your organization and the audience it serves!
As an added bonus, using this kind of planning tool can help improve the relationship between your Executive Director and board as well as aid in leadership succession planning. A board assessment of this caliber has wide-reaching positive effects apt to ripple through your organization in ways that you may not expect. When you have completed the assessment, you will have not only the toolkit needed to understand how to improve your board’s capabilities and capacity but also the relationships needed to do so!
When you need board advisory services we can provide strategic planning support! We have a team of highly experienced nonprofit leaders and consultants ready to help you tackle whatever challenges your organization is facing. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help!
If you have already taken the assessment, please reach out to us. We would love to know what you think and how your organization was able to use it to improve and grow! (And we may even feature you in an upcoming Organization Spotlight article.)
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