Why We Need Exceptional Board Governance More Than Ever

Posted by Joy Folkedal on Apr 13, 2020 2:35:08 PM

Topics: Board Best Practices, board engagement, COVID-19

Engaging Your Board as You Navigate COVID-19

Posted by Gigi Woodruff on Apr 7, 2020 2:40:31 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the lives of all executive directors far more difficult. It is not uncommon for EDs to feel lonely and isolated in their position, and for many, the current atmosphere has made those feelings even worse. But this is why having a good relationship with your board is so...


Topics: board engagement, COVID-19

Stand for Your Mission Awards: Announcing the Finalists

Posted by BoardSource on Mar 8, 2018 1:30:00 PM

BoardSource created the Stand for Your Mission Awards to recognize nonprofit boards that have established advocacy as an expectation for engaged and effective board leadership, and, by doing so, are helping their organizations realize their missions.


Topics: The Board’s Role in Advocacy, Advocacy, Stand for Your Mission, board engagement, collaboration

Four Critical Factors That Impact Nonprofit Success

Posted by June Miller on Dec 6, 2017 11:00:00 AM

BoardSource introduced something new at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum called Quick Talks — entertaining and rapid-fire mini-sessions presented by conference participants for their peers. It turned into an informative and fun event. June Miller was one of those participants who gave a...


Topics: board engagement

Board Members Zoning Out? Stop Reading the CEO Report

Posted by Robert B. Acton on Oct 9, 2017 10:14:00 AM



PETER, the board chair, invites Susan, the organization’s passionate chief executive, to begin her Executive Director Report as the next item on the board meeting agenda. Susan turns to page 12 of the 60-page board packet that she and her team have diligently...


Topics: BoardSource Leadership Forum, Meetings, board engagement

Transform the Bored Room: Firecracker Facilitation Tips

Posted by Emily Davis on Oct 3, 2017 3:58:02 PM

This post is one in a series of posts written by nonprofit leaders who are presenting sessions at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum taking place in Seattle, October 18-20. We hope you will be joining us there.


Topics: Board Best Practices, BoardSource Leadership Forum, Meetings, board engagement

Planning for Action Will Help Your Board Members Forget to Be Forgetful

Posted by Nancy Bacon on Jul 26, 2017 9:45:46 AM

Topics: board engagement

Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps

Posted by Hardy Smith on Apr 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

With his personal finances spinning out of control, Steve Carell’s character in the television series The Office gathered everyone around and announced, “I declare bankruptcy!” His co-workers then explained that using bankruptcy as a path to deal with financial difficulties involved more than a...


Topics: Culture, board engagement

Change Your Approach to Board Engagement

Posted by Hardy Smith on Aug 25, 2016 3:00:00 PM

How often have you heard about frustration with nonprofit board members not being as engaged as they should be?

Perhaps you have experienced this trying situation yourself.

It’s a common complaint and it’s voiced by nonprofit staff and board members alike. Engagement expectations that can range...


Topics: board engagement

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