BoardSource has long recognized the critical role that boards play in overseeing their organizations’ mission, finance, and strategic direction. With more than 25 years of hands-on experience working with nonprofit boards, BoardSource has become the go-to resource for funders, partners, and nonprofit leaders who want to magnify their impact within their community through exceptional governance practices. BoardSource supports a community of more than 100,000 individuals with customized diagnostics/assessment products, live and virtual trainings, membership programs, and a comprehensive library of governance resources and publications. BoardSource, a 501(c)(3) organization, brings the following board performance assessment tools to the partnership.
- The BoardSource foundation board self-assessment tool for private, supporting/operating, and family foundations is designed to meet the unique needs of a foundation board and assists in strengthening the board’s governance practices and its ability to respond appropriately as opportunities and challenges arise within its community.
- With a focus on their local communities, community foundations help donors achieve their charitable goals. A community foundation board has a particular responsibility to identify emerging issues in its community, set funding goals or priorities accordingly, and determine when or if the foundation should act as a leader and convener. The BoardSource board self-assessment tool for community foundations is designed to meet the unique needs of a community foundation board and assists in strengthening the board’s governance practices and its ability to respond appropriately as opportunities and challenges arise within its community.
- Peer-to-peer assessment provides your individual board members with an opportunity to reflect on – and learn from their colleagues about – what aspects of their service add value to the board team and what aspects might be strengthened. This process will help get at the “soft skills” that are necessary for a board to function successfully by opening the doors to discussions on these skills and the importance of working as a team.
Supporting & Strengthening Grantee Governance
Board Self-Assessment (BSA) & Data Report (for grantees)
- The BSA allows grantees to lay the groundwork for setting board development priorities and motivating board members — individually and collectively — to strengthen the full board’s governance performance and practices. By establishing a common understanding of nonprofit board roles and responsibilities and measuring a board’s performance against these recognized roles and responsibilities, a nonprofit board can focus on what’s critical for success.