This list of topics addresses fundamental aspects of nonprofit board service. Dig in to find information that will help you think through issues or challenges facing your organization.
We are committed to providing support that is relevant and accessible to organizations of every size, stage, geography, and programmatic focus.
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Our core membership program is designed for nonprofit organizations that are looking for year-round support, and for those who are committed to continued advancement, helping to strengthen their boards and missions.
Strengthened by our broader work to identify and map trends within the nonprofit sector, we are inspiring action on critical issues facing the social sector.
BoardSource works with foundations to help support their board leadership and development, their grantees, and also depends on the support of foundations to accomplish it’s important sector-wide work.
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Nonprofit board service enables corporations to strengthen communities by leveraging their most valuable asset – their people. BoardSource’s corporate membership program enables companies to access scalable, turnkey support for all of its employees that are serving – or preparing to serve – on a nonprofit board.
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Congratulations! You’ve recruited talented and eager board members. Your work is done — or is it? New board members should not be left on their own to figure out what to do next. By putting them through an effective nonprofit board orientation program, you will strengthen your board and empower your entire organization. Board members who are oriented properly are more knowledgeable about governing and better prepared to oversee your nonprofit’s strategic direction, allowing you to make the best use of their expertise.
Getting On Board with Effective Orientation: A BoardSource Toolkit will help you design your board orientation materials and training sessions and ensure that they include all the right components.
You’ll find proven advice and practical tips, along with questions to stimulate board discussion around important orientation topics. The 34 tools address the benefits of orientation, the governance committee’s role, what to include in an orientation manual, the benefits of mentoring, individual board member responsibilities, ways to create regular opportunities for board education, and many more issues about board orientation. The toolkit also provides samples of a board member letter of agreement, an agenda for an orientation retreat, and the contents of a board orientation manual.
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