Board Support Program for Individual Nonprofits

BoardSource’s Board Support Program for individual nonprofits provides self-guided, ongoing board development for your organization when and where you need it most.

The Board Support Program for individual nonprofits 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


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.

    • Monthly Member Education Webinars

      Each month, BoardSource offers 101- and 201-level webinars that are complimentary to all members. Many webinars are also available as recordings. Both current and recorded webinars can be found in our store (members have complimentary access, but still need to register for each webinar to gain access).

    • 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.

    • The BoardSource Exchange

      The BoardSource Exchange is a collaborative tool that enables you to connect, engage, and share governance information with all BoardSource members — volunteers and professionals like you who are committed to effective board leadership and making a difference in their communities. We hope the Exchange will become one of your favorite go-to places to share your governance experiences, ask for advice, build relationships, and learn.

    • 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.

    • 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. 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

      Access to our monthly e-newsletter, the Spark!; discounts on BoardSource publications, trainings, webinars, and the BoardSource Leadership Forum, our biennial conference; and one complimentary assessment.

Board Support Program Fees for Individual Nonprofits*

*This program is for organizations with one board, including affiliates or chapters of a federated network.

  • Annual Budget Size

    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.

Sign up for the Board Support Program for Individual Nonprofits

Please email the completed form to membership@boardsource.org. A BoardSource representative will contact you within three business days to confirm receiving your membership agreement and provide more information about launching your membership.

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 individual nonprofits 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.