How to Catch a Unicorn: Diversify Your Nonprofit Board Like You Mean it

Posted by Jermaine Smith on Feb 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM


I am a millennial. I am a black man. I am a fundraiser. I am a board member (and soon board chair). These are some of the ways I describe myself. Yet, as my experience in the nonprofit sector has deepened, I have discovered that many board leaders describe me a different way:

I am a unicorn.



Topics: Board Diversity & Inclusivity

Got Vizzies? 10 tips for nonprofit chief executives considering the dynamic visualization corner of the “Big Data” world.

Like many nonprofits, BoardSource strives to keep up with the rapidly-evolving world of Big Data, both to increase our own data-based decision-making for continuous improvement internally and to deliver more value to our external community. Recently, this ongoing process has resulted in me...


Topics: Data Visualization, Dashboard, Mission Impact

A New Framework for BoardSource’s Leadership

Posted by Anne Wallestad, president & CEO on Jan 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

This past December marked my seven-year anniversary as a member of BoardSource’s leadership team. I came on board in December of 2008, just after we had adopted a new strategic plan — one that focused us on thinking big about the future of board leadership and governance. It adopted some very...


Topics: BoardSource, Strategic Initiative, Transparency

“It Really Matters Who’s In Charge”

Posted by Jermaine Smith on Jan 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM

“It really matters who’s in charge.” James Carville spoke these words at the 2015 BoardSource Leadership Forum (BLF), held last November in New Orleans. I attended the conference as a Judith O’Connor Scholar. Even though it’s been several months since the conference took place, I cannot shake...


Topics: Roles and Responsibilities, BoardSource Leadership Forum

Introducing the New GuideStar Nonprofit Profile

Posted by GuideStar on Jan 20, 2016 1:30:00 PM


In 2014, GuideStar and BoardSource partnered to create a vehicle for nonprofits to share information about how their organizations are governed on the GuideStar Exchange. To date, nearly 11,000 organizations have done so. “Strong governance is vital to a nonprofit’s success,” says Jacob...


Topics: Board Best Practices, Transparency

Is This Part of Our Job?

Posted by Susan Schaefer and Bob Wittig on Jan 13, 2016 11:43:16 AM

One of the most debated topics around board service is figuring out who does what. And no wonder. Discussions of roles do not tend to be part of board orientation. Or the annual board retreat. Or group training sessions.

The assumption is that new members will pick up cues that will frame the... more

Topics: Roles and Responsibilities

Should Your CEO Serve as a Board Member?

Posted by BoardSource on Jan 5, 2016 6:56:24 AM

By Jenifer Gager Holland, director of consulting, BoardSource


Topics: Board Best Practices, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit

Collecting Social Security Numbers from Donors

Posted by Anne Wallestad, president & CEO on Dec 18, 2015 5:00:31 AM

By Anne Wallestad, president & CEO


Topics: Perspectives on Board Service, The Board’s Role in Advocacy

An Imperative for Nonprofit Boards: The Time is Now to Step Up Your Game

Posted by BoardSource on Nov 19, 2015 8:30:19 AM

By Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation


Topics: Perspectives on Board Service, Board Best Practices, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit, New Trends & Resources

Boosting Nonprofit Board Performance Where It Counts: Onboarding the CEO

Posted by BoardSource on Nov 6, 2015 5:09:37 AM

By Lisa Walsh, partner, The Bridgespan Group


Topics: BoardSource Leadership Forum