How does your board keep itself strong and dynamic? How does it deal with difficult challenges?
A team is only as strong as its members, yet boards often lose sight of the needs of individual board volunteers. Building a team is also a critical activity. However, in a quest to plan, fund raise, organize and meet the expectations of the community, the management of human resources within a voluntary Main Street organization is often overlooked.
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.