Membership Program for Independent Schools

BoardSource’s membership program for independent schools provides all board members and heads of schools access to BoardSource’s respected governance resources.


At BoardSource, we believe that exceptional board leadership is cultivated, not created. It requires an ongoing commitment and intentional focus on board development and growth.

The Organizational Membership Program for Independent Schools is a year-round board development program designed to empower school leaders to learn about exceptional governance and put into action best practices that will take a school to the next level of effectiveness.

Key Benefit of our Membership Program for Independent Schools

Independent school members have access to both assessment tools annually.


Independent School Board of Trustees Self-Assessment

This tool was developed to assist independent schools in assessing the performance of their board of trustees and to identify areas where the board might improve its performance. The tool includes a benchmark report allowing you to compare your scores to other schools that have also completed this customized assessment.

Head of Independent Schools Assessment

BoardSource developed its head-of-school assessment tool to assist independent schools in assessing the performance of the head of school. The purpose of this tool is to provide insight into the board’s perception of the head’s strengths, limitations, and overall performance and to foster the growth and development of the head of school and the school.

Resources to Support Your Board and Leaders

The results of your board self-assessment will guide your board toward on-demand resources that are available to help you address prioritized areas of growth and change. While the specific resources that are most helpful to each board vary significantly, organizational membership ensures open access for all of your board members and school leaders. The membership program provides open access to BoardSource’s comprehensive member resources.

  • On-Demand Certificate Series

    Our four-module, on-demand Certificate of Nonprofit Board Education, Second Edition covers the fundamental nonprofit governance concepts every nonprofit leader should understand, including board structure and practices, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and financial and legal oversight.

  • 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.

  • Hundreds of 101-, 201-, and 301-level Topic Papers

    BoardSource has a collection of hundreds of topic papers and articles on a wide range of governance and board leadership topics. They are short and easily digestible in format, making them perfect for quick reference. We’ve organized them by topic to help you quickly find what you’re looking for.

  • Downloadable Templates, Tools, Infographics, and More

    Begin receiving our Resources + Solutions (R+S) weekly emails that include tools you can download and use right away, infographics that serve as thought pieces, and other easy-to-access valuable resources.

  • Got Questions? We Have Answers.

    BoardSource provides guidance via an email service we refer to as Ask-an-Expert. Participants can send their question or issue and receive governance guidance from a BoardSource expert. Note: Information and guidance are provided with the understanding that Boardsource is not rendering professional opinions or legal advice. If such opinions are required, a CPA or licensed attorney should be sought.

  • Additional Benefits

    Discounts on additional BoardSource publications, trainings, and the BoardSource Leadership Forum, our biennial conference.

Membership Fee for Independent Schools

Annual Membership Fee: $2,500

Join as an independent school member


If you have questions about a BoardSource organizational membership and would like to talk to a BoardSource team member, please call (202) 349-2580 or email [email protected].