By James Pealow, MBA, CMA, CAE, CMC and Sandi L. Humphrey, CAE
Key competencies for not-for-profit boards have been identified following a comprehensive review of literature on board governance. The competencies are presented in four blocks or domains: people, policy, property and process. Specific responsibilities and competencies are listed within each domain. The competencies identified in each domain deal with technical and personal aspects as well as leadership, management and operations.
No two not-for-profit organizations are alike – there will, therefore, be variations in the applicability of these competencies. Variations may relate to the size, budget or governance model applicable to your organization.
Whether charity, professional, trade or special interest group, your not-for-profit will be a stronger organization if the board has one or more individuals at the table possessing the competencies described in the article.