Self-Assessments for Nonprofit Boards

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The Maine Association of Nonprofits has perfectly summed up the critical importance of regular self-assessments for boards:

A strong, vibrant board of directors is a clear indicator of a healthy organization. Yet even the best organizations need a periodic check-up to ensure that they cannot just survive but will really thrive in today’s environment. To check your board’s vital signs, or to put in place practices and strategies for a healthy and energized board, the best place to start is with a board self-assessment.

Tools for Board Self-Assessments

In Leading with Intent, a governance survey conducted by BoardSource, 51% of boards reported that they use a formal, written evaluation of their board, and 81% use written board member job descriptions, which is a useful way to clarify expectations for individual board members.


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