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has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good.

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Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness

it’s time to get it right.




Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness:
Why Cost of Fundraising Isn’t Enough

BoardSource, along with our colleagues at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and GuideStar, has developed a new framework for evaluating fundraising effectiveness — one that provides a balanced approach that emphasizes how important it is to invest in strong and sustainable fundraising programs.

We want to support organizations as they evaluate and reflect on their fundraising practices, and communicate to the public what they are doing and why. And we want to do it in a way that respects and honors the critical trust between donors and the organizations and missions they support.

Learn more about Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness


It’s never been a better time to invest in your nonprofit leadership.

With nearly 30 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for nonprofit organizations. We engage and support a global network of nonprofit leaders and organizations, and offer a wide range of resources to strengthen board performance.

Recommended Board Practices

As the recognized expert on nonprofit boards, BoardSource has formalized a set of recommended governance practices. But strong and effective board leadership goes beyond a list of recommended practices and narrow definitions of governance. It requires bold, strategic, and strong leadership that invites and challenges board-staff teams to work together to position their organizations for success and greater mission impact. Throughout this website, you will find research, resources, and guidance to support your organization’s journey toward truly exceptional board leadership, and all that it encompasses.

Download the BoardSource Recommended Governance Practices

Member Community Benefits

BoardSource offers various membership programs for nonprofits and their leaders, and a Board Support Program designed for organizations who are looking for year-round support. These programs are designed for those who are committed to continued advancement, helping to strengthen their boards and missions.

Seattle BLF2017

BoardSource Leadership Forum

The nation’s largest biennial convening of nonprofit board leaders.

October 19 – 20, 2017 | Seattle, WA

Learn more and register now for BLF2017