Leading with Intent FAQs

What is the Leading with Intent survey?

This survey is the sector’s most comprehensive look at the structure and workings of nonprofit boards. It contains questions on board demographics, meeting practices, culture, fundraising, and performance for both CEOs and board chairs. BoardSource has conducted this survey nine different times since 1994. You can learn more about Leading with Intent at http://www.leadingwithintent.org.


Who participates in the survey and how long will it take to complete it?

Nonprofit CEOs/executive directors and board chairs are invited to participate in the survey. It will take less than 30 minutes to complete. Nearly all the questions can be answered from your existing knowledge. The only additional information CEOs will need to collect ahead of time will be the organization’s EIN.


What is different about Leading with Intent this year?

To keep the survey up-to-date with the latest issues and challenges in the field, we also have added some new questions for foundations and on strategic alliances and restructuring.


What’s in it for me?

You will have the satisfaction of having contributed to knowledge about the evolving nonprofit board world. In addition, all survey participants will get

  • a free PDF of the final written report on the day of the public release in January 2017
  • a free PDF of a BoardSource publication
  • previews of data prior to the public release

In addition, your name will be entered in drawings for

  • one complimentary registration to the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum, taking place in Seattle on October 19-20, 2017. We will provide the winners with two free nights of lodging at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
  • a $50 Amazon gift card. There will be ten winners of gift cards.


What’s in it for my board and my organization?

Boards can make a real difference. But do you know if your board is doing the things other boards do? Is your board “working”? Does it have the right people at the table? Does it create the opportunity to further its mission by focusing on imaginative strategies? Leading with Intent enables you to compare your practices, structure, and culture to those of your peers to see just where you are “different” and ask “Are we different for the right reasons, and if not, how do we change?”


Where can I find the results of previous Leading with Intent surveys?

There have been nine previous surveys, starting in 1994 when the survey was called the “Governance Index.” You can learn more about these editions of the survey by visiting http://www.leadingwithintent.org

If you have further questions, If you have further questions, please contact LWI@boardsource.org.