BoardSource is pleased to support and serve associations and member-serving organizations.

We offer a number of resources and tools that are tailored to the specific needs of association boards and leaders.

Association leaders will benefit from the guidance and recommendations that BoardSource’s broader resources provide. Some of these are listed below; many more are located in the Resources and Solutions and Topics sections of this website. There you will find that we provide guidance and support in several different formats — written resources, webinars, trainings, certificate programs, and consulting and coaching — and at different content levels: 101, 201, and 301.

We also want to direct you to the Store, which is where you’ll find our well-respected books, including the most recent edition of the first book BoardSource published, Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, and our flagship series, The Governance Series. Both are must-reads for anyone new to nonprofit board leadership.

Resources for Associations

Transformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change

This 2015 publication co-authored by Katha Kissman, a BoardSource senior governance consultant, explores how association executives and boards have achieved transformational change within their organizations.


Foundation, School, Association, and Credit Union BSA

Although the principles of good governance are similar in many ways to those for public charities, there are significant differences for many organizations. BoardSource adapted its core board self-assessment tool to meet the needs of foundations, schools, associations and credit unions.