Board Assessment

Help Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy gain an understanding of how their board is performing and how it could improve in areas like governance practices, stewardship, revenue generation, and executive management.
Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
Rockville, MD, USA
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Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
Rockville, MD, USA


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Posted October 28th

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What We Need
  • Analysis of the board of directors' governance practices, stewardship, membership, revenue generation and executive management
  • Overview of takeaways and trends from executive leadership, head of development, and board member interviews
  • Identification of the board’s strengths and recommendations for areas of improvement for board members collectively and individually
Additional Details

MCAEL has not had a formal process by which to assess the board in a variety of areas. Our current concerns are:
* Receiving several options for board assessment processes
Reviewing those with the help of a consultant to best match with our organization
* Assessing board recruitment, membership, training, and self-governance
* How to structure an assessment to be replicable annually, with timelines

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have Executive Director & Board who are committed to this project, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have Information about current board structure and processes, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $11,823 , allowing us to include more people, diversify voices and representation, and have a clear, sustainable board assessment to use year to year.

MCAEL is committed to driving a system of continuous improvement. Identifying our strengths and weaknesses is integral to that process. This project will help the organization navigate the changing industry landscape during a global pandemic, more accurately representing the voices of the populations we serve, and designing and implementing a board assessment process that can be replicated year-to-year.

Project Plan

Prep: Provide Current Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with past reviews or board performance evaluations, if any
  • Volunteer Manager communicates an overview of board’s governance practices, stewardship, membership, revenue generation, and executive management
  • Volunteer Manager outlines specific areas of focus for the evaluation (if applicable)
Milestone 1: Research
  • Professional connects with Volunteer Manager for a brainstorming/overview session
  • Professional receives a list of board members, head of development and relevant executive management to interview or survey
  • Professional drafts survey and interview questions for the key stakeholders
Milestone 2: Interviews and Evaluation
  • Professional conducts surveys and interviews with key stakeholders, such as Board members, Executive Director, head of development, and executive management
  • Professional reviews any relevant materials regarding the board’s performance
  • Professional summarizes feedback and drafts recommendations for areas of improvement
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback to Professional’s summary
Milestone 3: Delivery of Board Assessment
  • Professional delivers a final board assessment outlining recommendations for better governance of the Organization through more effective board leadership
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About The Org

Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy
Our Mission

The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy strengthens the countywide adult English literacy network to support a thriving community and effective workforce.

What We Do

MCAEL strengthens the community by advancing a coalition of organizations dedicated to enabling all Montgomery County residents to achieve their full potential by improving their English language skills.

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