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Illinois Nonprofit Principles and Best Practices: Mission and Governence

Clearly Stated Mission

1. The nonprofit has a clearly stated charitable, educational, or scientific mission that has been approved by the governing body and is in pursuit of the public good.

Expertise and Diversity

3. The governing body ensures that its members are competent and knowledgeable, and includes and seeks diverse points of view and expertise as needed to provide credible and effective oversight of all aspects of the nonprofit's work.

Well Understood Governing Body Rules

2. The role, responsibilities, selection, and tenure of the governing body are clearly stated in the organization's governing and policy documents and understood by the governing body members.

Regular Assessment

4. The governing body regularly assesses the organization's mission and the effectiveness of the organization, its leadership, and its programs in achieving the mission.