Self-Guided Board Development

Encourage continuing self-guided board development by recommending, providing, or subsidizing continuing education through board development.

One of the most important things that any board can do to strengthen its own performance and sustain effective governance practices is to take the time to reflect on what it’s doing well and where it is more challenged.



BoardSource’s Self-Guided Board Development options support organizations within your network or community by enabling boards and executives to comprehensively and confidentially assess the board’s performance in these key areas:

  • Assess-Icon1bsupport of the organization’s mission
  • Assess-Icon2beffectiveness in building, implementing, and monitoring strategy
  • Assess-Icon3boversight of the organization’s programs and finances
  • BSA4management, oversight, and support of the executive
  • Assess-Icon5bbuilding and protecting the organization’s funding and public image
  • BSA6board structure and composition
  • BSA 7board meeting effectiveness


BoardSource provides the following resources to aid in self-directed growth:

  1. BoardSource Board Self-Assessment

    Lays a 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 the board’s performance against them, the board can focus on what’s critical for success.


    A deck of 15-20 PowerPoint slides featuring highlights from the assessment results. The slide deck is a great tool to use when presenting assessment results to the full board, starting a meaningful and thoughtful conversation about how to strengthen performance.

  3. BSA Community Benchmarking

    This report compares the board’s performance to others within the nonprofit sector that have used the BSA. This gives each school the opportunity to discover where their board’s performance and practices are on par, where they are above average, or where there is room for improvement.

Popular packages include, but are not limited to:

Program Component

10 Organization Package

  • BSA
  • DECK
  • Benchmarking Report

Package Price


(a $1,980 savings!)



25 Organization Package

  • Complimentary Master Survey Customization
  • BSA
  • DECK
  • Benchmarking Report


(a $5,950 savings!)





Starting the conversation is easy – no commitment required!

To learn more about affiliate self-guided board development options, or to begin customizing a unique solution for your nonprofit network please email us.

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