As discussed in the last post, five key areas of board performance include: Governance, Advocacy, Recruitment, Giving, and Fiduciary Responsibility. When the Nonprofit (NFP) Executive and his/her board are developing metrics or key performance indicators (KPI) for adoption as a full board, here are some ideas to get the conversation going:
Sample Governance Goals:
- Actively serve on a board committee – OTHER than the fund development committee. Because fund development is central to the organization, all board members have a responsibility here. Service on other committees present an opportunity to put a board member’s respective skill set to good use. A board member may seek to develop skills in another area as well.
- Attend at least 80% of board meetings. While I have seen boards have this requisite statement somewhere in its bylaws, few actually enforce it. Why not? Is there a concern that a particular member has such strong connections with a certain segment of a community that the board ‘just puts up with John’s lack of attendance’? Perhaps the question to ask is what is John’s connection and passion for the nonprofit?
- Focus board meeting time on generative discussion regarding development rather than a recitation of committee and staff reports. Granted many nonprofits use the consent agenda for routine matters, but do not deeply explore how to assure the nonprofit has sufficient resources to fulfill its mission.
- Utilize a report card format to discuss board performance – AS A WHOLE – on the approved metrics at each meeting. Individual report cards should only be discussed between the board chair, governance chair, NFP executive, and the individual board member in a separate and private meeting.
In the next installment, a discussion of sample goals for Advocacy and Recruitment. Your comments and feedback are welcomed.