Board member effectiveness quiz

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.

We suggest you copy-and-paste this into a Word document or print out the document page and fill it out by hand.


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1. My knowledge of and commitment to the organisation's mission and vision.
2. My knowledge of the roles of the not-for-profit sector.
3. My knowledge of my legal responsibilities and liabilities as a not-for-profit board member.
4. My knowledge of my financial responsibilities and liabilities as a not-for-profit board member
5. My knowledge of my ethical responsibilities
6. My knowledge of my board's rules, power boundaries and policies
7. My knowledge of my organisation's range of stakeholders


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8. I adhere to my legal, financial and ethical responsibilities to the best of my abilities
9. I look for ways to update my knowledge of my ethical, legal and financial responsibilities
10. I take appropriate steps to minimise conflicts of interest, including declaring potential conflicts to the board
11. I seek answers to any questions relating my organisation's financial position and ensure I am satisfied with the answers I am given
12. I consider and act in the interests of my organisation and its stakeholders
13. I act within the limits of my powers as a board member
14. I carry out all tasks assigned to me quickly and effectively
15. I diligently respect all board confidences
16. I am aware and respectful of the division between the board's responsibilities and those of the staff.
17. I am aware of our board's responsibility to represent its stakeholders and am committed to diversity


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18. 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
19. I happily use my networks and contacts to attract supporters and increase the organisation's standing in the community
20. I happily use my networks and contacts to help raise funds for my organisation
21. I apply the same level of thought and commitment to my not-for-profit board role as I do my paid employment
22. I act as an "entrepreneur" in my board role, exploring ideas and opportunities that could be useful to my organisation
23. I am always on the look-out for people who could be potential board members
24. I welcome and offer to help new board members adjust to their role
25. I participate willingly and fully with all board self-evaluation and improvement processes

Meeting performance

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26. I make a thorough reading of the agenda well before every meeting and clarify things that are unclear
27. I attend general board and committee meetings and annual general meetings
28. I make an active and thoughtful contribution during board meetings
29. I do not waffle during board meetings and avoid raising irrelevant matters
30. I listen to my board colleagues during meetings and do not interrupt
31. I have an excellent knowledge of meeting rules, procedures and etiquette and follow them strictly
32. I am always polite to and respectful of my board colleagues. I never launch personal attacks.
33. I am conscientious about reviewing board meeting minutes.

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