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Board Orientation and Assessment

Philosophy: An effective Board of Directors is engaged in the nonprofit’s mission and possesses a sound knowledge and understanding of its operations and finances. A process to orient and to assess the board’s effectiveness is important to a nonprofit’s success. A nonprofit should plan for the future and regularly use board evaluation tools to plan and manage succession and assess capacity and expertise to govern effectively.

Standard: The nonprofit provides an orientation to new board members within one year of initial election that includes a review of board roles and responsibilities. In addition, the board annually assesses its effectiveness and capacity to govern.

PDF Changes to the Governance Standards   --  View the details of specific changes made to the Governance Standards, effective 4/1/14, during the 2013 Standards Review.