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.
Building strong leadership at the board level is critically important to the success and resilience of your grantees.
Without strong board leadership and governance, they are vulnerable to a wide range of challenges and dysfunctions, which can significantly impact their ability to achieve the short- and long-term goals that you share.
As a grantmaker, you can make a real difference by starting a dialogue with your grantees about their board leadership strengths and challenges, and providing focused support to help them build and strengthen their performance. In the foreword to the resource, “Grantmakers’ Role in Advancing Good Governance” — produced with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund — foundation leaders Linda Wood and Anne Mosle wrote: “Some things we do as grantmakers get more attention than others. They are easier to explain in a press release or in a short conversation with community members, colleagues, and friends. Supporting good governance is not one of these things. This is silent and sometimes invisible work. But it is critically important to the future of nonprofit organizations and the sector as a whole.”
BoardSource partners with grantmakers to design and implement board development programs that meet grantee organizations where they are and that help them identify and achieve aspirational goals for their board’s performance. We do this in a variety of ways, including the following:
Resources for Foundation Leaders
Foundation leaders have a unique opportunity to serve as powerful champions of their missions. If you want to learn more about unleashing your full potential to advocate for your mission, download our guide.
Building strong leadership at the board level is critically important to the success and sustainability of your grantees. As a grantmaker, you can make a real difference by starting a dialogue with your grantees about their board leadership strengths and challenges, and providing focused support to help them build and strengthen their performance.
BoardSource offers grantmakers the opportunity to boost nonprofit success by supporting strong and effective nonprofit boards. Foundation members are afforded special access to BoardSource resources for their employees, trustees, and grantees.