Board Support Program for Nonprofit Organizations

BoardSource’s Board Support Program provides year-round governance guidance, resources, and leadership development to you, your board, and your organization.


Join the Board Support Program


The Board Support Program starts with BoardSource’s Board Self-Assessment (BSA), enabling your board to reflect on what it’s doing well and where it’s more challenged. Throughout the year, your organization’s leaders are supported with educational resources and tools to further your board development goals.

Board Self-Assessment (BSA)

The BSA lays the foundation for setting board development priorities and motivating board members — individually and collectively — to strengthen the full board’s governance performance and practices. By establishing a common understanding of board roles and responsibilities and measuring your board’s performance against these recognized roles and responsibilities, your board can focus on what’s critical for success.

Our comprehensive BSA covers board practices and policies
in these areas of board responsibility.

  • BSA1

    Support of the organization’s mission

  • BSA 2

    Effectiveness in building & monitoring strategy

  • BSA 3

    Oversight of programs & finances

  • BSA4

    Management, oversight, & support of CEO/ED

  • BSA 5

    Organizational funding & public image

  • BSA6

    Board structure & composition

  • BSA 7

    Board meeting effectiveness

Educational Resources to Support Your Board and Staff Leadership

Armed with the insights from the assessment, your board is provided access to on-demand educational resources and our Ask-an-Expert email assistance to support its board development goals. The program provides all current board members and staff with open access to BoardSource’s comprehensive member resources.

The BoardSource Exchange

The BoardSource Exchange is a collaborative tool that enables you to connect, engage, and share questions and insights with fellow BoardSource members from across the country and around the globe.

On-Demand Certificate Series

Our on-demand Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education is an orientation to board roles and responsibilities, including financial and legal oversight. 


Ask-an-Expert Email Service

BoardSource provides guidance via an email service we refer to as Ask-an-Expert. Members can send their question or issue and receive governance guidance from a BoardSource expert.

Problem Solvers

BoardSource Problem Solvers help you diagnose board challenges and guide you to support and resources. Explore the self-guided pathway now.


Downloadable & Written Resources

Members have access to all content in Resources + Solutions (R+S) emails including instantly downloadable tools and infographics. Members can also explore our full collection of 101-, 201-, and 301-level ‘topic papers.’

Additional Benefits

Board Support Program participation also includes member pricing on 40+ publications; a collection of assessment tools; and training programs.

Board Support Program Fees for Individual Nonprofits*

*This program is for organizations with one board, including single affiliates or chapters of a federated network. Learn more about our membership option for federated networks.

  • Annual Revenue

    Less than $250,000
    $250,000 – $499,999
    $500,000 – $999,999
    $1,000,000 – $4,999,999
    $5,000,000 – $9,999,999
    More than $10,000,000

  • Annual Membership Fee


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If you have questions about membership and would like to talk to a BoardSource team member, please call (202) 349-2544 or email [email protected].

It is our hope that BoardSource’s year-round Board Support Program for nonprofits organizations is affordable and accessible to the vast majority of nonprofits. If your organization is unable to invest in a membership program for your organization at this time, you may want to consider our membership program for nonprofit leaders.