Nominating Committee/Selection criteria/Generic Candidate Rating Form

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This is a sample generic "board candidate rating form" distributed by BoardSource, a Washington DC-based non-profit which calls itself "the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for trustees of nonprofit organizations worldwide. The Wikimedia Foundation has a BoardSource membership.

We would not use this form as-is, because it's too generic - not designed for us. But it should help stimulate our own thinking :-)


On a scale of 1 to 5, please rate the candidate on each item below:

  1. Proven interest in our mission
  2. Knowledge and understanding of our work
  3. Professional knowledge and skills needed by the board
  4. Connections in the community (media, politics, healthcare, etc.)
  5. Fundraising experience and willingness to participate
  6. Ability to make a substantial financial contribution
  7. Experience in working with people from other ethnic backgrounds
  8. Ability to listen well
  9. Ability to express ideas and opinions clearly
  10. Ability to participate effectively in a conversation, neither monopolizing nor hanging back
  11. Sense of humor, positive presence
  12. Ability to ask appropriate questions
  13. Ability to participate on a regular basis in the board's work