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Nonprofit Board Trends and Practices Revealed in Leading with Intent 2017

Posted by Vernetta Walker Chief Governance Officer, BoardSource on Sep 6, 2017 11:45:31 AM

Today marks the ninth release of BoardSource’s biennial study, Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices. Formerly known as the Nonprofit Governance Index, Leading with Intent takes an in-depth look at the current practices and trends of nonprofit boards. The 2017 report...

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Topics: Roles and Responsibilities, Board Best Practices, Board Diversity & Inclusivity, The Board’s Role in Advocacy, Leading with Intent, Advocacy, Assessment

Learning, Knowing, Doing

Posted by Katha Kissman on Jun 20, 2017 1:48:24 PM

Remember when you were young and heard an older person say, “Oh I wish I knew then what I know now?” Now that I’m older, I understand and find myself thinking the same thing!  

I started down this path of thought as I was offering my niece (a Michigan State University senior) some tips on how to...

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Topics: Roles and Responsibilities, Orientation & Education

“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...

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Topics: Roles and Responsibilities, BoardSource Leadership Forum

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

Five Ways to Be a Model Board Member

Posted by Karen Eber Davis on Sep 2, 2014 1:03:47 PM

This post is one in a series written by board leaders who will be presenting sessions at the 2014 BoardSource Leadership Forum on October 9 & 10 in Washington, D.C. We hope you will be joining us.

Last summer, Ilene Denton, the incoming board chair at The Hermitage Artist Retreat on Manasota...

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Topics: Roles and Responsibilities


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