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Resources for Nonprofit Boards

Last Revised: Jan 3, 2017 - Initial Posting: Aug 20, 2005

BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.


Board SourceBoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is a resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations.  BoardSource enables organizations to fulfill their missions by helping build strong and effective nonprofit boards.

A wide-range of topics are addressed on the BoardSource web site:

  • The Board-Staff Partnership
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Oversight and Accountability
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Advocacy and Ambassadorship
  • Structure, Committees, and Meetings
  • Board Composition and Recruitment
  • Orientation and Education
  • Culture and Dynamics
  • Executive Transition
  • Executive Evaluation and Compensation
  • Assessing Board Performance
  • Critical Board Issues

CSBG Organizational Standards requires compliance with nine standards under Category Five: Board Governance.

Additional effective governance is an element of National Goal #5: Agencies Increase Their Capacity to Achieve Results.  CSBG Information Memorandum 82 (issued March 23, 2005) emphasizes that CAA boards are ultimately responsible for assuring that an agencies continue to assess and respond to the causes and conditions of poverty in their community, achieve anticipated family and community outcomes, and remain administratively and fiscally sound.