Board Assessment

Help Norwalk Community College Foundation 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.
Norwalk Community College Foundation
Norwalk, CT, USA
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Norwalk, CT, USA


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Posted November 13th

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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

I would like a board self-assessment survey tool and subsequently analysis to help board members better understand their role and serve as effective ambassadors of our mission and fundraisers to support our operations and programs.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have prior board self assessment instruments and results, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have a highly motivated governance committee, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $11,823 , allowing us to serve more students by awarding scholarships to community college students and developing high quality programs to promote retention and graduation rates for vulnerable student populations.

We have a large board of directors and varying levels of board experience and I would like to build a better understanding of board member roles and responsibilities to serve as an effective ambassador for our mission and fundraiser.

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

Norwalk Community College Foundation
Posted by
Carrie B.

Executive Director

Our Mission

Our Mission is Three-fold:
-Raise funds for Norwalk Community College programs and scholarships
-Invest, administer and distribute funds so that students of all ages continue to benefit from challenging opportunities for self-improvement and intellectual growth
-Inspire and engage our community to share talents and resources.

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