Evaluations may be one of the most effective tools for developing sound working relationships at the board level. It can also help ensure that your board’s composition and membership is of the highest possible quality. We work with you to develop a customized evaluation plan that fits your current development stage. Your assessment can help your board engage in a streamlined, strategic process. That translates to making better decisions – with trust, commitment, and the complete transparency you and your donors expect.


Board evaluations conducted by our NLI faculty and consultants are superior to those provided by law firms and independent consultants because:

  • Each is led/facilitated by experts who are themselves nonprofit board directors, with a broad base of experience in both being a director and performing confidential evaluations that help to change behavior. Our experience aligns with your organization.
  • Evaluations are tailored to gain feedback through a careful blend of survey results. Primarily conducted through online, interactive survey questionnaires, this information is coupled with an extensive, personal interview process conducted by professionals with years of experience in effective interviewing. We understand the many subtleties of the board dynamic.
  • NLI evaluations are designed to capture candid and confidential feedback. We use the highest degree of confidentiality: no comments are ever attributed to any board member and all material is fully destroyed at the end of the process. No residual records will be available to any third parties.
  • NLI encourages a 360-degree evaluation process that includes management and staff.
  • When the culture of the board is ready, NLI also conducts board peer evaluations of individuals.


Boards using the NLI process gain:

1. Group dynamic insights, even conflicts, that can help fully open up communications in the boardroom.

2. Information on board member concerns about the leadership process.

3. Open communication about areas where board members have been previously reluctant to express opinions in an open forum.

4. Insight into any misconceptions by board members that might allow for a more open dialogue to assure understanding.

5. Insight into areas where board members are having difficulties aligning on key strategic initiatives.

6. Information about areas members believe can be improved in order to have more productive meetings.

7. Identify potential personality or behavioral conflict that the board leadership can address through careful counseling.