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Wave of the Future: Board Assessment Portals

The nonprofit landscape is more crowded than ever, with an estimated 10 million in the world, and 1.5 million in the U.S. alone. How can a nonprofit stay out in front and ensure its enduring success? While there’s no simple answer, adopting board assessment portals can supercharge a nonprofit’s performance. 

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Do Most Nonprofits Use A Board Assessment Portal?  

Just over half of organizations use self-assessment tools to evaluate their board’s efforts. To candidly ask “How can we improve?” is important to any board’s growth.

As the tools evolve, more nonprofits are likely to use them. They appeal to directors when they guide an effective process without becoming a paperwork exercise, or taking too much valuable time. There are always new board portals on the market, so let’s break down what the advantages are. 

What’s New About Digital Board Tools?

When leaders leverage modern technology, a board may:

  • Efficiently set up a paperless system
  • Work on the directors’ preferred devices
  • Automate the analysis
  • Communicate and discuss the results together
  • Easily prepare new surveys in the future

Board assessment tools are better than ever at helping directors assess their interactions, their leadership styles, and their forward motion. Survey questions are an especially effective way to check in with volunteers, program participants, employees, and board members. Consider using a survey tool like Survey Monkey or the Polls + Voting feature in Boardable’s board portal. Other digital board assessment tools can be found from BoardSource or the National Council of Nonprofits.

How Can Board Assessment Portals Set Future Directors Up for Success?

A board member often serves only for a few years. Online tools help make records and benchmarks clear when new directors begin their terms. The results can help directors collaborate effectively and achieve a collective “personal best” in carrying out the organization’s mission. Good self evaluation can highlight minor problems before they become big ones. And that sustains nonprofit success.

A vast range of social networks are working for good. Nonprofit leaders need to streamline their processes to compete. Moving into the future of online board portals of all kinds can only position your nonprofit ahead of the rest.


Interested in how to make your board of directors more productive through the effective use of technology? Boardable is a software platform that centralizes all communication between you and your board. Find the best meeting times, securely store all of your documents, archive discussion threads and more—all in one place. Click below to schedule a demo with a member of our Boardable team.

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