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Help Your Board Take Its performance to the next level

A high performing board of directors is essential for your nonprofit to achieve sustainable results for your community.

Often, the board development task seems daunting; it can be unclear where to begin and where to focus. CNM can help your board take its performance to the next level. Whether your board is seeking to learn the basics or is an experienced board seeking to sustain excellence, our Board Development services are customizable to meet your needs.

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Board Audit

CNM will review materials provided by you in a Board Audit to understand the current infrastructure and practices of your Board of Directors. This review will include your bylaws, relevant organization documents, committee charters, board job descriptions, board orientation package, board minutes, and any other materials helpful to understanding the board infrastructure. We will then provide you with a report of our findings, and if documents have not been developed yet, are not current or complete, we will provide feedback and templates where there are gaps to help you achieve and sustain excellence with your board.

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Board Assessment

CNM’s Board Assessment will help you understand the current state of your board because knowing where you are is essential in the journey toward where you want to go. CNM utilizes assessment tools and the expertise to work with your team to determine how individual board members view the overall board’s performance against the characteristics of a high performing board. The results of this assessment reveal the strengths and opportunities for stronger board alignment and performance.

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Board Composition Matrix

Effective board recruitment starts with first knowing what you need and how that compares to what capabilities you have so you can identify where the gaps are and what you should be recruiting for. CNM works with nonprofits to help them understand their current structure by conducting a Board Composition Matrix Survey to know the backgrounds, experiences, networks, demographics, and strengths of board members.

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Custom Board Training

All nonprofit boards are unique, with different people, needs, and desires for their nonprofit and mission-space. CNM will work with you to understand your board and its needs to develop the right training for you. Our experts have experience helping boards understand their basic roles and responsibilities as well as helping high performing boards continually grow and learn. CNM will design and facilitate the training whether an hour or a full day retreat with a mix of a formal presentation by CNM and an interactive discussion based on the needs of your board.

Interested in learning how our Board Development Services could help your organization?

“Thanks to CNM’s ability to listen to what we felt we needed, as well as engaging our Board members, CNM put together a great presentation that both brand new Board members as well as those who have been committed to National Council of Jewish Women for more years than we can imagine could gain insight and knowledge. Thank you for making our investment in our Board so incredibly worthwhile.”

Joyce Rosenfield

Board President, National Council of Jewish Women