by Neil Ranu, LAPCS Governance Director
- “Create” goals direct the board/committee to create something new. There are many examples of things to develop: succession plans, financial or academic dashboards, executive director evaluations, multi-year fundraising plans. The list goes on. Consider what you need to become a more effective board or organization?
- “Improve” goals focus on reviewing and improving aspects of your organization that need attention. Again, what you address depends on the needs of your particular organization. Think about your board processes and policies. How long has it been since you reviewed them? Improvement often means clarifying and re-aligning. Do your processes and policies reflect your mission? Are they consistent with your organization’s values?
- “Connect” goals are about developing relationships and acquiring resources. You can strengthen connections both internally or externally. Goals addressing internal connections often center around school culture and the flow of communication within the organization. External connections take many forms. They can be about connecting your school to donors, acquiring facilities or equipment, or entering into partnerships with other organizations. This is an opportunity to be strategic. How can the board develop relationships or acquire assets for the school?