Nonprofit boards play a critical leadership role in each and every nonprofit. But – when it comes to the board’s most essential responsibilities – what is most important? And how do we ensure that we are organizing and populating the board around those most important responsibilities?

Putting Purpose First is a new fundamentals guide from BoardSource which examines the board’s leadership and roles through the lens of what’s most essential to the organization’s social good purpose. It incorporates new thinking from BoardSource and articulates how the principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership inform the way that the board embodies its roles of:

  • Setting Strategic Direction
  • Providing Oversight
  • Ensuring Organizational Resources

This publication is designed to help leaders better understand their critical board functions through a purpose-driven – versus technical – framework. The result is a clear and concise articulation of the boards role that is both inspiring and practical.