Tools and Templates Downloads

Part 1: Selecting and Training Excellent Board Members


Tool #1:  The Pathway to the Board  

Template #1-1:  The Pathway to the Board
Template #1-2:  The 6 D's Criteria

Tool #2:  Board Nominee Suggestion Form  

Template #2:  Board Nominee Suggestion Form

 Tool #3:  Board Nominee Orientation: Table of Contents

Template #3:  Board Nominee Orientation: Table of Contents


Part 2: Board Assessments


Tool #4:  Five-Finger Feedback

Template #4:  Bonus Feedback Tool

Tool #5:  Board’s Annual Self-Assessment Survey   

Template #5-1:  Board Member Self-Assessment
Template #5-2:  "Best Governance Practices" Survey

Tool #6:  The Board’s Annual Financial Management Audit 

Template #6:  The Board's Annual Financial Management Audit

Tool #7:  The Board’s Annual Legal Audit   

Template #7:  The Board's Annual Legal Audit

Tool #8:  The Board’s Annual Fundraising Audit  

Template #8:  The Board's Annual Fundraising Audit

Tool #9:  The Board’s Annual Evaluation of the Top Leader  

Template #9-1:  Two Resources: BoardSource Online Assessments and CarverGuide 7
Template #9-2:  Top Leader Annual Assessment


Part 3: Reporting to the Board


Tool #10: The 5/15 Monthly Report to the Board   

Template #10:  Sample 5/15 Report

Tool #11: Monthly Dashboard Report   

Template #11:  Sample Template for Dashboard Report

Tool #12: Quarterly Board Meeting Agenda & Recommendations   

Template #12:  Quarterly Board Meeting Agenda


Part 4: Taking Time for Strategic Planning


Tool #13: Board Retreat Read-and-Reflect Worksheets   

Template #13:  Option 1 – Owning Up
Template #13:  Option 2 – Peter Drucker's Five Most Important Questions
Template #13:  Option 5 – Lessons From the Church Boardroom

Tool #14: The Rolling 3-Year Strategic Plan Placemat   

Template #14-1:  The Rolling 3-Year Strategic Plan Placemat
Template #14-2:  Pop Quiz! The 7 Reasons Why Strategic Plans Fail
Template #14-3:  One Planning Approach – A Strategic Plan Task Force
Template #14-4:  The G.N.O.M.E. Chart

Tool #15: Board Retreat Trend-Spotting Exercise 

Template #15:  Trend-Spotting Presentation


Part 5: Policies and Board Responsibilities


Tool #16: Prime Responsibility Chart   

Template #16:  Prime Responsibility Chart

Tool #17: Board Policies Manual (BPM) 

Template #17:  Board Policies Manual

Tool #18: Job Descriptions for the Top Leader and Board Chair   

Template #18-1:  Sample Board Chair Position Description
Template #18-2:  Do-It-Yourself CEO Job Descriptions
Template #18-3:  Sample CEO Job Description
Template #18-4:  Sample Executive Pastor Job Description


Part 6: Ideas for Better Board Governance


Tool #19: Ten Minutes for Governance   

Template #19:  Ten Minutes for Governance

Tool #20: Tent Cards and Tools for Leveraging Board Member Strengths   

Template #20:  Strengths Tool #3: Chart

Tool #21: Board Member Annual Affirmation Statement   

Template #21-1:  Board Member Annual Affirmation Statement
Template #21-2:  Conflicts of Interest Sample Policy
Template #21-3:  Conflicts of Interest Questionnaire

Tool #22: Straw Vote Cards

 

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