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Does Your Nonprofit Board Need a CGO?

How a new officer position could be a catalyst for better board performance

Nonprofit governance is tough and getting tougher. As a result, nonprofit boards are increasingly challenged to consistently deliver high-quality governance.

Well-intentioned efforts to improve governance by reducing board size, restructuring standing committees, or identifying best practices have not resulted in demonstrably better governance quality across the nonprofit sector. BoardSource’s 2021 Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices survey shows that board performance, as rated by a diverse mix of nonprofit CEOs, receives middling grades for key responsibilities.

Looking at results over time (Chart 1), these responsibilities appear stuck in a rut that is not as good as the nonprofit sector needs!

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