EMPOWERING BOARDS.

INSPIRING LEADERSHIP.

BoardSource envisions a world where every social sector organization
has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good.

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Our Work on Critical Sector Issues


Strengthened by our broader work to identify and map trends within the nonprofit sector, we are inspiring action on critical issues facing the social sector. BoardSource works with leaders and organizations that represent the full diversity of the nonprofit sector, which gives us a unique vantage point from which to see critical issues and opportunities that we collectively face. When we identify a particular way in which we — as a sector — can strengthen our impact, we believe that we have a leadership imperative to work to create that change through special initiatives or campaigns.
  • Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness

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

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 and support 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.

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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.

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