Not necessarily exceptional

Jean Case, CEO of Case Foundation writes:

Earlier this year, BoardSource released Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices 2015 in which chief executives and board chairs used BoardSource’s 10 basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards—including mission, financial oversight, and strategy—to assess their board’s performance. The result was a disappointing B- average, reflecting “responsible, but not necessarily exceptional, performance.” The Leading with Intent survey found that boards have a particularly difficult time adapting and adjusting to change, noting that “boards do well at functions related to compliance and oversight, but face challenges with their strategic and external work.”

Important, “but not necessarily exceptional.” That seems to me exactly right in describing the mission of most social enterprises. We’ve got to do better.