Our mission is to inspire and support nonprofit boards and executives to lead justly and with purpose.


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We Serve and Support Nonprofit Boards

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we represent a global network of leaders and a diverse cross-section of the social sector. We are committed to listening, learning, and providing tailored, responsive support that is accessible to organizations of every size, stage, geography, and programmatic focus.

We are especially proud to partner with individuals and organizations that believe in the power of nonprofit boards and executives to identify their needs and co-create innovative solutions that enhance board leadership and governance practices within impacted communities. Together, we will advance the public good and create positive change in our communities to lead with purpose and address society’s problems.

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Shifting Towards Community and Centering Racial Equity

Our Theory of Change:

  • Is grounded in an organizational culture of humility that will enable BoardSource to more deeply understand barriers to effective governance and identify innovative best practices emerging at the community level;
  • Is steeped in community, with an understanding that if we are working towards a more just social sector, we must center those who are most impacted by injustice in all aspects of our work; and
  • Centers racial equity to ensure that our approaches impact the broadest cross-section of groups that have been historically excluded.
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Our Leadership & Team

Our experienced board of directors, along with our respected CEO and president, Monika Kalra Varma, share a passion and dedication to BoardSource’s mission. Together, they model an exceptional board-staff partnership and provide the strategic leadership that BoardSource encourages and inspires in nonprofit boards.

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Providing Nonprofit Board Leadership & Learning

With more than three decades of experience, we provide an extensive range of tools, training, and research to enhance board leadership effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact. We are honored to serve as the national voice for inspired and effective board leadership.

Our support to individual nonprofit leaders and organizations is strengthened by our broader work to identify and map trends within the sector. This work unleashes the full potential of boards and board leaders to advance the public good through board service. Since 1994, BoardSource has been conducting its signature study, Leading with Intent, which provides critical information about current board composition, practices, and performance, and charts important trends and changes in board leadership.

BoardSource envisions a world of possibilities where every nonprofit organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and collective purpose. 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. At BoardSource, we center our work on race equity and strongly believe in continuing our own journey toward a more just society and world. Learn more about BoardSource’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity: For Ourselves and the Social Sector.

We believe in the importance of being transparent with our members and the broader community.

In keeping with BoardSource Recommended Board Practices,  BoardSource voluntarily shares information with the public regarding our finances, activities, and governance practices on our website as well as on GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles. We engage an independent accounting firm to conduct annual reviews of the financial transactions and activities of our organization.

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We Engage and Support Nonprofit Leaders Around the Globe

Organizations and leaders can access our year-round Board Support Program through our scalable membership model. We offer additional nonprofit board membership programs, a wide range of diagnostic tools, educational programs, and board support to strengthen board performance.