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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 NeighborWorks America Excellence in Governance principles.)

  • 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 demonstrates a commitment to the values of inclusion by ensuring the selected Leadership Team is diverse based on age, gender, ethnicity, ability, race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, national origin, and reflects the community(ies) served.

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

  • NeighborWorks America’s PROMPT standard for Organizational Management rating of meets or exceeds.

  • NeighborWorks America’s OHTS rating of Exemplary, Strong, or Satisfactory.

  • 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, at least one board officer, and three current or emerging board leaders – for a total of five) commit to attend three in-person trainings and to consistently work with their Coach to incorporate enhanced governance principles in their deliberations, direction, and decisions.

“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