Board Support Program for Nonprofit Organizations

BoardSource’s Board Support Program provides support for nonprofit boards by offering year-round governance guidance, resources, and leadership development to you, your board, and your organization.

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 governance information with all BoardSource members like you who are committed to effective board leadership.


On-Demand Certificate Series

Our six-part, on-demand Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education covers fundamental governance concepts nonprofit leaders should understand, including board structure and 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.


Educational Webinars

BoardSource offers educational and timely webinars that are complimentary to all members. Both current and recorded webinars can be found in our store (members have free access, but still need to register).


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

Access to our quarterly e-newsletter, the Spark! and discounts on 40+ publications, additional diagnostic assessment tools, training programs, and the BoardSource Leadership Forum, our biennial conference.


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 $500,000
    $500,000 – $999,999
    $1,000,000 – $4,999,999
    More than $5,000,000

  • Annual Membership Fee

    $500
    $1,000
    $1,500
    $2,500

Get your board on a path to greater impact.

Join the Board Support Program

Questions?

If you have questions about membership and would like to talk to a BoardSource team member, please call (202) 349-2580 or email membership@boardsource.org.

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.