Our Vision, Mission, and Core Values

OUR VISION

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


OUR MISSION

To inspire and support excellence in nonprofit governance and board and staff leadership.


OUR CORE VALUES

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:

LEADERSHIP

BoardSource champions the importance of effective board leadership and action. We encourage and support boards and executives as they work to build strong and constructive partnerships. We empower boards to provide inspired and effective leadership and to govern thoughtfully and responsibly. And we strive to model these leadership principles through our own board and staff leadership.

INTEGRITY

BoardSource expects accountability from nonprofit leaders and from itself. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in all that we do. We conscientiously steward our resources and work diligently to uphold the trust that is placed in us by the organizations and leaders we serve.

EXCELLENCE

BoardSource strives to provide thoughtful and well-researched leadership and to deliver high-quality programs and services. We ground our work and decisions in insights gained from data and experience. We promote collaboration, teamwork, and diversity of thought to leverage knowledge and expertise to strengthen our work on behalf of nonprofit leaders, the social sector as a whole, and the broader public good.

IMPACT

BoardSource believes that effective board leadership and governance requires an ongoing commitment to board development and to a healthy board/staff partnership. We are committed to partnering with and supporting leaders as they work to effect positive change in their organizations and serve their important missions.


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.