Board Assessment

Help CAIR-MA, Inc 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.
Boston, MA, USA
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Posted November 12th

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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

We're a small local nonprofit focused on defending the civil rights of the Massachusetts Muslim community. We're nearly six years old, and our board is hoping to revitalize its impact within the organization.

What We Have In Place
  • We're part of the national CAIR organization, and as such have full access to the resources for chapter and board development that they provide.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $11,823 , allowing us to fully fund our annual Muslim Youth Leadership Program for the coming year for 35 Muslim high school students.

Our chapter is undergoing a revisioning process, centered around our board and our Executive Director. As we undertake a leadership transition and begin to evaluate our structure to construct a five-year plan, we're looking for an experienced professional to help guide our growth strategy.

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

Our Mission

The Council on American-Islamic Relations – Massachusetts (CAIR-MA), a registered 501-C3 educational nonprofit, is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. CAIR-MA’s mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

What We Do

CAIR-MA serves one of Massachusetts’ most vulnerable demographics: the American Muslim community. This diverse population includes refugees and immigrants, children and youth, the elderly, and the disabled.

But CAIR-MA does not exclusively serve the Muslim community: by educating the wider American public about Islam and American Muslims, we help dispel cultural misunderstandings and bridge gaps between diverse groups.

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