Frequently Asked Questions

There’s so many new and important things happening at the 2020 BoardSource Leadership Forum. Because of that, we want to make sure you have all the information you need to get the most out of your conference experience.

We’ve compiled answers to a few common questions below. If you don’t find the answers you need on our website, contact us.

General Conference Information

What is the BoardSource Leadership Forum and who should attend?

The BoardSource Leadership Forum is the largest convening of nonprofit board leaders. It brings together board members, executive directors and CEOs, staff, and others who care about the health of the nonprofit sector for two days of inspiring and educational sessions focused on strengthening nonprofit leadership. It’s simply the sector’s most energizing and thought-provoking event for nonprofit leaders! And this year, it includes many opportunities for building relationships with the more than 1,000 extraordinary leaders who attend the Forum:

  • Chief executives, board members, and staff from nonprofits of all shapes, sizes, and mission areas
  • Funders and corporate social responsibility leaders
  • Governance researchers and consultants
Where is BLF2020 taking place and where can I stay?

The BoardSource Leadership Forum takes place for two full days on May 7 and 8, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference venue is the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

Located just off the I-44 along the Mississippi River and in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the venue offers incredible access to area attractions by foot and public transportation, with convenient on-site and nearby parking options.

The venue address is: 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri, United States, 63102

Book your room now at the discounted BoardSource rate

How far is BLF from the airport and how can I get there?

The conference venue is a 20-minute taxi or rideshare trip from St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). For further information about parking and public transformation, visit the hotel’s information page.

What is the dress code?

Attendees wear varied attire; however, we recommend business casual clothing with comfortable shoes for long days of consecutive sessions and traversing the venue area.

I’m interested in presenting a session at BLF. How do I apply for that opportunity?

The call for sessions for the 2020 BoardSource Leadership Forum has unfortunately closed, but we invite you to take a look at the sessions that will be featured at BLF2020 and start thinking about your submission for the next conference!

Conference Registration

How much does the conference cost and how can I register?

We strive to make the BoardSource Leadership Forum affordable for all organizations and leaders. In an effort to make BLF2020 accessible to organizations with the fewest resources, registration rates are based on annual revenue. All rates will increase by $100 on December 31. Register now.

Member Price

Nonmember Price

Annual Revenue under $250K



Annual Revenue $250K – $500K



Annual Revenue $500K – $1M



Annual Revenue $1M – $5M



Annual Revenue $5M – $10M



Annual Revenue over $10M




I have special dietary requirements. How can I make them?

During the registration process, you’ll be able to note your dietary needs. Contact us if you require more specific assistance.

What is your cancellation policy?

We understand that sometimes plans change. Our cancellation policy is as follows:

Until Feb 1: 25% cancellation fee
February 1 – April 15: 50% cancellation fee
After April 15: No refund

See our cancellation policy page for further information.

The Conference Experience

How can I sponsor the BoardSource Leadership Forum?

To learn more information about sponsorship opportunities, check out our sponsorship prospectus. If you’d like to support the conference, please contact our strategic partnerships team.

Who is speaking and presenting at the conference?

Take a look at the full program and schedule-at-a-glance to learn more about the great content and presenters that will be featured at BLF!

How can I download the conference app?

We will ensure the most immersive BLF experience yet by offering a new conference app this year. More updates and download information will be posted shortly before the conference — stay tuned!

Where can I find conference materials?

Some facilitators will make worksheets and resources available before the start of the conference, while others may choose to share slides and other downloads after the conference has concluded. All available materials will be posted to the program page under each corresponding session.

Can I see what BLF was like in past years?

Of course! Check out our 2017 highlights to learn more about the previous BoardSource Leadership Forum.

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