Since 1994, approximately every two years, BoardSource has been conducting a version of this survey. Looking at the Leading with Intent Data-At-A-Glance charts at the back of the report I was struck by one particular important line of data.
Under the topic of Board Practices – Formal, written board assessment survey responses indicated that only 51% of the organizations answering had done this within the past 3 years. The range through the four types of nonprofits was 32%-54%. Definitely room for improvement there.
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“Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices” is based on surveys completed by more than 1,000 nonprofit chief executives and board chairs. This comprehensive scan of nonprofit board practices, policies and performance is a powerful window into current board leadership and trends. While the report includes good news, the bottom line is that nonprofit chief executives and board chairs give their boards a B- grade in overall performance. “Leading with Intent” explores why and what can be done about it.
Here’s a list of Key Findings:
- Board demonstrate room for improvement.
- Board members need to speak out more.
- Board diversity is increasing but gaps persist.
- Best-in-class boards pay attention to culture & dynamics
- Board members need to embrace their roles as fundraisers.
- Finding financial stability amid constant change requries strategic leadership.
See the full report here. BoardSource, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (Washington, D.C.: BoardSource, 2015). Please note that BoardSource retains the rights to the Leading with Intent survey and data.