Federated Network

Thank you for the important work that you do.

Federated networks — nonprofits with chapters or affiliates — have reach that extends into communities around the country, and perhaps even around the globe. As such, you have the opportunity to see — within your network — the difference that it makes when organizations have strong and strategic boards — and when they don’t.

As you’ve likely noticed within your network, boards are grappling with big challenges. They need help understanding their roles and responsibilities. They need support as they work to strengthen their performance in critical areas like fundraising and financial oversight. And they need expert guidance that will give them the confidence to provide strong and steady leadership during critical organizational challenges and transitions.

If you’re like most federated networks, you are looking for ways to help support your chapters or affiliates and their board leadership development. And BoardSource is ready to be your partner in that effort.

We provide scalable supports that enable you to extend reliable, consistent board leadership resources to your network. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or are interested in having a conversation about how best to do that, we encourage you to reach out to us at [email protected].

Resources for Federated Networks

The Governance Series

The six books in this series address all the topics new and seasoned board members, as well as chief executives and senior staff, need to know about, including board member responsibilities, how to structure the board in the most efficient manner, and how to accomplish governance work in the spirit of the mission of the organization.


Reimagining Boards for High Impact

101| Community resource. What if leaders could grow their impact without growing their organizations? Read six primary areas where boards can focus their energy to strengthen community relationships and dramatically increase their impact.

Eight Ways to Increase Your Board's Ability to Work as a Team

301| Community resource. Board work is, fundamentally, a collective effort, and it requires a unique kind of teamwork among members. This resource presents eight tactics you can utilize to increase your board’s ability to collaborate and work as a team.

Six Characteristics of Effective Boards

301| Member-only resource. After interviewing several hundred boards and chief executives and surveying over 1,000 more, researchers Thomas Holland, Barbara Taylor, and Richard Chait discovered six specific characteristics and behaviors that distinguish strong boards from weak boards

Five Leadership Transition Types

101| Community resource. When an organization faces a chief executive transition, the first step the board must take is to identify what type of transition the organization is facing.

Every Board’s Must-Have Documents

101| Community resource. Even the most organized, responsible, and amiable board needs to document its activities, internal rules, and processes. Here are the various documents to which your board needs to pay attention.

Checklist of Board Roles and Responsibilities

101| Community resource. Basic board roles and responsibilities are the foundation for a successful board. BoardSource has designed this checklist so you can quickly remind yourself of your key responsibilities.