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What We Look for in a Candidate

Participant Selection Criteria

  • Excellence in Governance participantBoard is characterized as “responsible” (defined as competent in carrying out the Ten Basic Responsibilities outlined by BoardSource) with motivation to become “exceptional” (defined as embracing the BoardSource Twelve Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards.)

  • Board plays a significant and meaningful role in leading the organization.

  • Board is currently focused on board development or has identified this as a new priority.

  • Board completed a board self-assessment during FY2015 or FY2016.

  • Board and/or organization is not currently experiencing a crisis.

  • All board members and Executive Director/CEO are willing to commit time and effort to the process and board performance focus over an 18-month period and to achieving measurable outcomes.
  • Leadership team members (Executive Director/CEO and four current or emerging board leaders) commit to attend three in-person trainings and to work with their coach to incorporate enhanced governance principles.
  • Organization meets or exceeds NeighborWorks America’s PROMPT standard for Organizational Management.

  • OHTS rating of Exemplary, Strong or Satisfactory.

“This is one of the more successful ways to build capacity that NeighborWorks America has. Excellence in Governance really has been a tremendous help to me personally and to our organization."
- Executive Director, Excellence in Governance 2012 graduate via longitudinal evaluation, July 2014


For additional information about Excellence in Governance contact: ExInGov@nw.org

Training & Services

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