Time for annual reviews. For many nonprofit organizations, this is the time to review staff performance over the last fiscal year and reward good performance or address poor performance. And, the same is true for your board members. Like your employees, your board members are critical human resources to your organizations and, like employees, they, too, require a performance review.In order to conduct an effective and equitable review, however, you must be very clear in your organization’s definition of “good performance” – starting at the board level. Board member service isn’t easy.
The men and women who choose to serve as board members for your organization are making a tremendous personal gift toward the welfare of your organization. Their intent is to do good and to strengthen your organization. Honor that intent by ensuring that they understand what your organization needs from them, providing them with the information and education required to meet those needs, holding them each equally accountable to their responsibilities, celebrating those who serve the organization well and “thanking and releasing” those who do not serve your organization well.
Not sure how to start this discussion and review process?
Read Nonprofit Quarterly’s article “Enhance Attrition or Thank and Release? Firing Lousy Board Members” for great tips on how to improve the functionality and health of your board today.