Partnership for Effective Board Leadership for Foundations

BoardSource’s leadership agenda relies on the generosity of our philanthropic partners, including members of the Partnership for Effective Board Leadership. Through their annual commitment, foundation partners signal their dedication to strong board leadership – for themselves, their grantees, and the sector as a whole.

Our Leadership on Critical Issues in the Social Sector

BoardSource works to draw attention to critical issues in the social sector that call for new or expanded leadership from boards, often in partnership with other leading organizations.

Board Research: Leading with Intent documents trends in board composition, structure, practices, performance, and culture. With data and insights dating back to 1994, the recent study highlights encouraging trends in several key areas, but a troubling lack of progress in board diversity.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity: Acknowledging the urgent need for change, BoardSource is working to create new urgency about the board’s leadership role on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Learn more about these important efforts.

Advocacy and Ambassadorship: The Stand for Your Mission campaign challenges boards to embrace advocacy and public policy as an important tool for impact. In 2017, Leading with Intent found that 52 percent of boards were actively educating policymakers on behalf of their organizations compared to 33 just two years prior. Campaign partners include: Alliance for Justice, Campion Foundation, National Council of Nonprofits, and United Philanthropy Forum.

Exploring Strategic Alliances & Restructuring: The Power of Possibility initiative invites boards to consider if strategic partnerships could expand their impact. Partners include: Bridgespan, La Piana Consulting, MAP for Nonprofits, Lodestar Foundation, The Patterson Foundation, and the Lyda Hill Foundation.

Investing Appropriately in Fundraising: The Measuring Fundraising Effectiveness framework provides a framework for understanding effective fundraising that moves beyond the unhealthy obsession with fundraising costs. Partners include: GuideStar, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

BoardSource recognizes foundations that support our work through general operating support as members of The Partnership for Effective Board Leadership.

Partnership Benefits & Opportunities

Members of The Partnership for Effective Board Leadership are afforded special access to BoardSource resources for their employees, trustees, and grantees.

In recognition of their generous support, foundation partners are afforded special access to BoardSource resources:

  • Open access to BoardSource’s membership resources for all staff members and trustees.
  • Discounted pricing for BoardSource’s Board Support Program when purchased for grantees.
  • Membership begins at $10,000 annually and additional opportunities are offered based on level of support.

For more information about the Partnership for Effective Board Leadership please contact Stella Ford,
associate vice president of foundation relations, at [email protected].


Our Partners

BoardSource is grateful to our foundation partners, including those foundations that are members of The Partnership for Effective Board Leadership. We are grateful for these foundations’ generous investments in our work toward a future where every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good.


The Annenberg Foundation
The Barr Foundation
The Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fund at Borealis Philanthropy
The Chicago Community Foundation
The Fidelity Charitable Trustees’ Initiative
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

$50,000 – $99,999

Surdna Foundation

$25,000 – $49,999

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

$10,000 – $24,999

The California Wellness Foundation
Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
The JPB Foundation
Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Northwest Area Foundation
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Walter & Elise Haas Fund