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Board member effectiveness quiz

How well are you performing?

This five-minute quiz is designed to help not-for-profit board members start the journey towards greater effectiveness. You can use this survey to help you determine your own strengths and weaknesses as a board member or as a basis for your board's evaluation processes. Please note: As you can't save quiz results from this screen, we suggest you copy-and-paste your answers into a Word document or directly print this page after you've filled out the form.

My knowledge
Poor Fair Good Excellent
  1. My knowledge of and commitment to the organisation's mission and vision is
  1. My knowledge of the roles of the not-for-profit sector is
  1. My knowledge of my legal responsibilities and liabilities as a not-for-profit board member is
  1. My knowledge of my financial responsibilities and liabilities as a not-for-profit board member is
  1. My knowledge of my ethical responsibilities is
  1. My knowledge of my board's rules, power boundaries and policies is
  1. My knowledge of my organisation's range of stakeholders is
My duties
Never Rarely Sometimes Often
  1. I adhere to my legal, financial and ethical responsibilities to the best of my abilities
  1. I look for ways to update my knowledge of my ethical, legal and financial responsibilities
  1. I take appropriate steps to minimise conflicts of interest, including declaring potential conflicts to the board
  1. I seek answers to any questions relating my organisation's financial position and ensure I am satisfied with the answers I am given
  1. I consider and act in the interests of my organisation and its stakeholders
  1. I act within the limits of my powers as a board member
  1. I carry out all tasks assigned to me quickly and effectively
  1. I diligently respect all board confidences
  1. I am aware and respectful of the division between the board's responsibilities and those of the staff.
  1. I am aware of our board's responsibility to represent its stakeholders and am committed to diversity
My commitment
Never Rarely Sometimes Often
  1. I am proud of my board and enthusiastic about the job it is doing. I take steps to change things I believe are not working well.
  1. I happily use my networks and contacts to attract supporters and increase the organisation's standing in the community
  1. I happily use my networks and contacts to help raise funds for my organisation
  1. I apply the same level of thought and commitment to my not-for-profit board role as I do my paid employment
  1. I act as an "entrepreneur" in my board role, exploring ideas and opportunities that could be useful to my organisation
  1. I am always on the look-out for people who could be potential board members
  1. I welcome and offer to help new board members adjust to their role
  1. I participate willingly and fully with all board self-evaluation and improvement processes
My meeting performance
Never Rarely Sometimes Often
  1. I make a thorough reading of the agenda well before every meeting and clarify things that are unclear
  1. I attend general board and committee meetings and annual general meetings
  1. I make an active and thoughtful contribution during board meetings
  1. I do not waffle during board meetings and avoid raising irrelevant matters
  1. I listen to my board colleagues during meetings and do not interrupt
  1. I have an excellent knowledge of meeting rules, procedures and etiquette and follow them strictly
  1. I am always polite to and respectful of my board colleagues. I never launch personal attacks.
  1. I am conscientious about reviewing board meeting minutes.
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