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Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource

Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource

BoardSource President & CEO

Anne Wallestad serves as president and CEO of BoardSource, a globally recognized nonprofit focused on strengthening nonprofit leadership at the highest level — the board of directors. Recognizing the critical partnership between boards and executives, and the impact of that partnership on overall organizational success, BoardSource helps nonprofit leaders invest in their leadership partnership by providing research, thought leadership, and practical supports that help transform board structures, dynamics, and perspectives.

Anne was appointed to her position in 2013, after having served on BoardSource’s leadership team for nearly five years. She has overseen a period of remarkable growth and change, helping BoardSource expand its leadership voice and build a scalable model of program delivery that has resulted in a more than 200 percent growth in the number of leaders served. She has played an instrumental role in the launch of several new leadership initiatives including the Stand for Your Mission campaign, which challenges board leaders to play a stronger role in advocacy and public policy.

With 20 years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, Anne has worked closely with boards of directors and volunteers in a number of national and local organizations, and has cultivated deep expertise in fundraising strategy and leveraging the board’s fundraising role. She has served on a number of advisory committees and panels, including the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations Panel on the Nonprofit Sector and Independent Sector’s 2014 Ethics & Accountability Advisory Committee. Under her leadership, BoardSource has been recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Drucker Prize for innovation, and named a Best Nonprofit to Work For in 2016 and 2017. Anne herself has been honored as one of The Nonprofit Times’ “Power & Influence Top 50.”

Anne graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Drake University, with degrees in both sociology and English. She is also a graduate of Stanford University Graduate School of Business’ Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

Flawed Fundraising Report Can Hurt Nonprofits

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Dec 5, 2018 3:03:02 PM

 

Earlier today, Anne Wallestad shared her thoughts on four assumptions made in a recent fundraising report entitled “Pennies for Charity” in an opinion piece published by The Chronicle of Philanthropy. We summarize her viewpoint here but encourage you to read “Deeply Flawed ‘Pennies for...

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Topics: Fundraising, Transparency

Putting Commitment into Action: A New Leader for BoardSource’s Work on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Nov 27, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

It's Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Feb 22, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Anne Wallestad shared her thoughts on the board’s role in protecting an organization’s people from sexual misconduct in today’s issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly. We summarize her thoughts here but encourage you to read It’s Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct...

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Topics: Culture, Current Events

Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Nov 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Anne Wallestad’s opening plenary at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum in October was well received by those in attendance and featured in the Nonprofit Quarterly. A summary follows. We encourage you to read the entire text of Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose, and Impact on the NPQ...

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Topics: BoardSource Leadership Forum

Let’s Stop (Just) Talking about Nonprofit Board Diversity.

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Sep 6, 2017 4:29:58 PM

Earlier today, BoardSource released Leading with Intent, our biennial study of nonprofit board composition, culture, and performance. The study reveals much about what’s happening within nonprofit boards today. And while there are some encouraging trends worth highlighting — most notably a...

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Topics: Leading with Intent, Board Diversity & Inclusivity, Assessment

In Defense of Board Diversity

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Jul 18, 2017 12:09:00 PM

A letter to the editor written by Anne Wallestad appeared in today’s issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. We share a segment of the letter here and encourage you to read In Defense of Board Diversity in its entirety by visiting the Chronicle’s website.

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Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

Governing a Collaborative Organization

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on May 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: collaboration

In Times of Change, Board Members Must Be Advocates

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Apr 4, 2017 11:21:03 AM

This article first appeared Jan. 19, 2017 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy website, http://philanthropy.com. It is reprinted here with their permission.

As the country prepares to inaugurate Donald Trump as our 45th president on Friday and leadership at all levels of government takes shape...

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Topics: Advocacy

A Good Question Can be a Game Changer

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Feb 9, 2017 2:48:12 PM

One of my favorite questions to ask boards is “If your organization were founded today, what would it look like?” I love it because it leads to the board asking some other very important questions — questions that get to the heart of the organization’s existence:

  • What’s our organization’s core...
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Topics: strategic partnerships, joint programming, collaboration, merger

Why Repealing the Johnson Amendment is a Bad Idea

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Feb 7, 2017 9:05:00 AM

President Trump has vowed to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a move that — if successful — would strike down the rules that prevent nonprofit organizations from electioneering.

In 2013, I had the opportunity to serve as a member of the Panel of Nonprofit Sector Representatives for the Commission...

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Topics: Current Events

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