Board Resource: Checklist for a Top-Level Board Governance Committee

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!

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About Hillary Beehler

I'm the Organization and Member Services Director for Washington Youth Soccer, the US Youth Soccer charter association for the State of Washington. WA Youth Soccer serves over 125,000 registered players across all levels of play, from Under 5 to Under 19.
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