Does your board have a governance/nominating committee? If so, what function does it serve? If not, what is your board doing to recruit and develop board members?
Gail Perry, the best-selling author of Fired-Up Fundraising: Turn Board Passion into Action, posted her Checklist for a Top-Level Board Governance Committee last spring about the most important tasks of a governance committee and she names some tasks that it’s easy to forget about when working on the everyday duties necessary to run a local soccer club.
My favorite tasks that Gail highlights are:
4. Conduct a Self-Assessment – make sure that you board monitors its own performance as a board, as well as individual board members, so that board members have the opportunity to talk about all issues important to the health of the organization.
6. Enforce Term Limits – this allows your organization to bring in fresh volunteers and ideas, as well as providing your long-time board members a chance to take time off from the board to recharge.
10. Organize Social Time – what better way to accomplish goals together than to get to know each other and to have fun volunteering!
Visit Gail’s blog for the full Checklist for a Top-Level Board Governance Committee. What tasks do you think are most important for a high-functioning governance committee? If your board’s governance committee has any tasks that aren’t mentioned on the checklist, let us know in the comments!