10. board self assessment

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10. board self assessment

  1. 1. BOARD SELF-ASSESSMENT: How much do you Agree or Disagree with these statements? (Check one box for each statement.) SD = Strongly Disagree; D = Disagree; A = Agree; SA = Strongly Agree; NS = Not Sure. MISSION AND PURPOSE  SD D  A SA  NS The nonprofit has a clear written mission statement that reflects its purpose. The board’s policy decisions and the nonprofit’s programs and services reflect the nonprofit’s  SD D  A SA  NS mission. SELECT AND SUPPORT THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND REVIEW HIS OR HER PERFORMANCE The board has approved a written job description that clearly spells out the responsibilities of the  SD D  A SA  NS nonprofit’s chief executive officer/executive director. The board delegates all day-to-day management decisions for the nonprofit to its chief executive.  SD D  A SA  NS The board assesses the chief executive’s performance on an annual basis.  SD D  A SA  NS APPROVE AND MONITOR THE ORGANIZATION’S PROGRAMS AND SERVICES  The board is knowledgeable about the nonprofit’s current programs and services.  SD D  A SA  NS The board knows the strengths and weaknesses of each major program.  SD D  A SA  NS The board approves an annual operating plan, monitors implementation, and makes sure that the  SD D  A SA  NS programs are evaluated in order to measure success and impact. RAISE MONEY The board understands the fundraising strategy for the nonprofit.  SD D  A SA  NS The board has a clear policy on the individual board member’s responsibility to raise money.  SD D  A SA  NS ENSURE EFFECTIVE FISCAL MANAGEMENT The board discusses thoroughly the annual operating budget of the nonprofit before approving it.  SD D  A SA  NS The board receives financial reports on a regular basis that are understandable, accurate, and  SD D  A SA  NS timely. The board requires an annual audit and considers all recommendations made in the independent  SD D  A SA  NS auditor’s report and management letter. ENGAGE IN STRATEGIC PLANNING The board focuses most of its attention on long-term, significant policy issues rather than day-to-  SD D  A SA  NS day administrative matters. The board has a strategic vision of how the nonprofit should be evolving over the next three to  SD D  A SA  NS five years. CAREFULLY SELECT AND ORIENT NEW BOARD MEMBERS The board has an effective process to identify the qualifications and expertise that new board  SD D  A SA  NS members should bring to the nonprofit. The board cultivates and recruits candidates who are representative of the community and possess  SD D  A SA  NS the qualities needed to strengthen board composition. The board provides new board members with a comprehensive orientation to board  SD D  A SA  NS responsibilities, the nonprofit’s services and programs, and administrative procedures. The board has established policies for length of board service and rotation of board members.  SD D  A SA  NS -1-
  2. 2. BOARD SELF-ASSESSMENT: How much do you Agree or Disagree with these statements? (Check one box for each statement.) SD = Strongly Disagree; D = Disagree; A = Agree; SA = Strongly Agree; NS = Not Sure. UNDERSTAND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BOARD AND STAFF The respective roles of the board and staff are clearly defined and understood.  SD D  A SA  NS A climate of mutual trust and respect exists between the board and the chief executive.  SD D  A SA  NS The board gives the chief executive enough authority and responsibility to lead and manage the  SD D  A SA  NS organization successfully. The board has adopted adequate personnel policies for staff selection, training, promotion, and  SD D  A SA  NS grievance procedures. ENHANCE THE ORGANIZATION’S PUBLIC IMAGE Board members promote a positive image of the organization in the community.  SD D  A SA  NS The board understands who can serve as the official spokesperson for the organization.  SD D  A SA  NS MEETING EFFICIENCY Board members are familiar with the bylaws.  SD D  A SA  NS Board meetings are interesting, well run and start on time.  SD D  A SA  NS Board members receive clear agendas and supporting written material sufficiently prior to board  SD D  A SA  NS and committee meetings. Board members respect each other’s opinions, and participate in board discussions.  SD D  A SA  NS Board minutes are accurate, timely and easy to understand.  SD D  A SA  NS Board members have adequate opportunities to discuss issues and ask questions.  SD D  A SA  NS BOARD COMMITTEES The board has the right number and kind of committees to perform its work effectively.  SD D  A SA  NS Committee assignments reflect the interests, experience, and skills of the board members.  SD D  A SA  NS Each committee has a written responsibility description and an annual plan of work.  SD D  A SA  NS ENSURE LEGAL COMPLIANCE AND SOUND RISK MANAGEMENT POLICIES The board annually reviews the operations of the nonprofit to make sure it complies with all the  SD D  A SA  NS requirements imposed on a federally qualified health center or look-alike. The board ensures nonprofit compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws and  SD D  A SA  NS regulations. The board has an adequate amount of liability insurance to cover board members and staff in the  SD D  A SA  NS event of lawsuits filed against them as individuals or against the nonprofit as a whole. Any Additional Comments? -2-

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