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Organizational Membership

Text Box: Put the brochure plus application here.BoardSource offers nonprofit organizations the opportunity to join our community through our year-round board development program — our Standard or Enhanced Organizational Membership program.

Download our brochure to learn more about how membership is being used by the more than 20,000 individuals affiliated with BoardSource through this program.

Summary of Organizational Membership Benefits

The organizational membership program, whether you choose our Standard or Enhanced* option, provides fundamental resources that support year-round board development, as well as special benefits for those members who want to dive deeper into governance best practices. The following is a summary of all of the opportunities offered as a part of the organizational membership program:

  • Access to one complimentary assessment tool per year and significant savings on any additional assessments that are purchased
  • Open access for all board and staff members to the following:
  • Free, unlimited board recruitment job postings in LinkedIn’s Volunteer Marketplace
  • Our monthly e-newsletter, The Spark!
  • Access to the BoardSource Online Member Directory
  • Discounts on BoardSource books and toolkits, assessments, trainings, webinars, and the BoardSource Leadership Forum, our annual conference (bulk pricing available)

    *Enhanced Organizational Membership includes one of BoardSource’s newest assessment services, the BSA LINK, which links you with the experience and expertise of a BoardSource consultant who will analyze your assessment results, discuss your data with two to three of your board leaders during a 45-minute phone call, and write an in-depth narrative analysis that includes recommendations on where your board should focus its attention to strengthen its practices and how to go about doing that. Also included is a PowerPoint slide DECK to assist you in presenting the highlights from your assessment results to your full board.

Additional Benefits

  • Members receive special pricing on helpful products and services: Directors & Officers (D & O) liability insurance provided by Aon Affinity — BoardSource members who qualify through the Aon application process can receive discounts ranging from 10 to 25 percent; board recruitment services provided by BoardMax, an online board portal platform.

BoardSource’s Organizational Membership program is designed to help your nonprofit

  • identify and understand its key governance challenges and opportunities
  • educate your board members and staff about ways to grow and change together
  • participate in global networks of nonprofit leaders, who are committed to strong and effective board leadership
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Organizational Membership Program Fees

Organizations without Affiliates or Chapters
  Annual Budget Size Annual Membership Fee
Standard Less than $500,000 $500
$500,000 –  $999,999 $1,000
$1,000,000 – $4,999,999 $1,500
More than $5,000,000 $2,500
Enhanced Less than $500,000 $2,500
$500,000 – $999,999 $3,000
$1,000,000 – $4,999,999 $4,000
More than $5,000,000 $5,000

Organizations with Affiliates or Chapters
Size of Network Annual Membership Fee
Less than 20 affiliates $2,500
20-74 affiliates $5,000
75-149 affiliates $7,500
More than 150 affiliates $10,000

Become a BoardSource Organizational Member

To join BoardSource as an organizational member, we ask that you complete the BoardSource organizational membership agreement and submit it to us by email at


If you have questions about a BoardSource organizational membership and would like to talk to a BoardSource team member, please call (202) 349-2587 or email

It is our hope that BoardSource’s year-round board development program for organizational members is affordable and accessible to the vast majority of nonprofits. If your organization is unable to invest in the organizational membership program at this time, you may want to consider our Individual Membership Program, which provides basic access to some of the on-demand educational resources that BoardSource offers.

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“BoardSource is so helpful. I can’t believe I waited so long to join. When I think I have a huge problem or question, I discover that you have anticipated it. I no longer feel alone in what I do.”

— Mary Ellen Lane, Executive Director, Council of American Overseas Research Centers