Sample of a Board of Directors Committee Work Plan

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    One of the best ways to ensure effective board committees is
    through use of a committee work plan. The plan specifies goals
    for the committee, strategies to meet the goals and timelines
    for completion of the goals. The goals of the committee should
    be closely aligned with achieving the strategic goals determined
    during strategic planning. Essentially, the work plans specify
    the operational goals of the committee for the year.

    A work plan is the plan that each Board committee and relevant
    staff members reference to guide completion of their portion of
    the organization’s strategic plan, e.g., the Finance Committee
    works from Finance work plan, Marketing Committee from a Marketing
    work plan, etc. The plan references the related goal(s) from the
    strategic plan. Work plans include objectives that, in total,
    implement the respective strategy. For example, the following
    work plan describes two strategies, 3.1 and 3.2, which, together,
    meet Goal 3 from the strategic plan. Each of the two strategies
    has five objectives, including 1.1 to 1.5. (See Strategic

    The following sample represents one example of the format and
    content of a work plan. This sample should be customized to the
    particular culture and purpose of the organization.

    Year 2011 Actions







    Strategy 3.1: Develop Strategic Plan
    3.1.1. recruit consultant help

    3.1.2 planning with chief executive

    3.1.3 draft first version of strategic plan

    3.1.4 board review of plan

    3.1.5 obtain board approval of plan

    2000 Actions







    Strategy 3.2: Implement Strategic Plan
    Responsibility: Board
    3.2.1. Reach strategic goal #1

    3.2.2 Reach strategic goal #2

    3.2.3 Reach strategic goal #3

    3.2.4 Reach strategic goal #4

    3.2.5 celebration!

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