Our Vision, Mission, and Core Values


BoardSource envisions a future where the nonprofit community has the leadership to fulfill its purpose and create a just world where all can thrive.


To inspire and support nonprofit boards and executives to lead justly and with purpose.


BoardSource’s work is grounded in a fundamental belief that boards are critical to organizational success. Their members serve out of loyalty and responsibility to the organization’s mission and provide essential oversight and accountability to the organization’s beneficiaries, donors, and the broader public. In carrying out our own mission, BoardSource embraces the following values:



We believe that leadership takes courage — a willingness to take risks in the pursuit of transformational change. We aspire to be courageous by speaking truth about issues of critical importance to the social sector and by challenging nonprofit leaders to be bold and courageous as they work to expand their organizations’ impact.



We believe in the value of working with others and achieving together what may not be possible alone. We aspire to bring a collaborative spirit and strategy to all that we do, learning from the insights and leadership of others, and sharing openly what others may be able learn from us.



We believe that leadership requires curiosity about the future, a willingness to ask tough questions, and a commitment to learning and deeper understanding. We aspire to be curious in the work that we do, and to inspire curiosity about effective board leadership in others.



We believe that the nonprofit sector is enriched by the breadth of its scope within its social good purpose; and we believe that this social good purpose calls on nonprofit organizations to embrace diversity, inclusion, and equity in deep and transformative ways. We aspire to be inclusive in the way that we engage and learn from board and staff leaders, and to model our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all that we do.

BoardSource’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity: For Ourselves and the Social Sector

BoardSource envisions a world where every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good. While many factors contribute to strong and effective board and staff leadership, we believe that a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity is essential to making this vision a reality. We are committed to supporting and encouraging boards as they work to strengthen their leadership on diversity, inclusion and equity, both within their institutions and in the work their organizations do.

As leaders and the ultimate decision-making bodies for nonprofit organizations, boards of directors guide the way that each organization articulates and upholds its purpose, its values, and its responsibility to advance the public good. Through these focused efforts, BoardSource aspires to help unleash the full potential of the social sector to be a force for a more just society and world. Learn more about BoardSource’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity: For Ourselves and the Social Sector.