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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 90,000 individuals with customized diagnostics, live and virtual trainings, membership programs, and a comprehensive library of governance resources and publications that include original content. BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Our History

BoardSource was established in 1988 as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards by Independent Sector and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities & Colleges to address the sector’s need for an organization that focuses on improving nonprofit effectiveness by strengthening nonprofit boards.

In its first year of operations, the organization produced three books, created a nationwide board information center, and served 14 clients. It raised $140,000 in grants and had three staff, along with a 13-person advisory board.

BoardSource achieved 501(c)(3) status in 1991. Since then, it has experienced dramatic growth, responding to the growing interest in governance within the nonprofit environment in the U.S.

BoardSource Today

BoardSource has an annual budget of approximately $6 million and maintains a professional staff of more than 25 employees. In addition, the organization has an affiliated pool of associates and trainers who conduct consulting and training engagements around the country on behalf of the organization.

Through partnerships and alliances with other organizations, BoardSource reaches large numbers of nonprofit leaders. It brings experience and a distinctive value to these networks. For example, BoardSource collaborates with organizations such as Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Association of Museums, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National Council of La Raza, and the United Way of America to provide guidance on what constitutes good governance and to offer educational opportunities in new approaches to governance.

BoardSource also delivers publications and Web-based governance resources for nonprofits of all sizes and mission types.

The only national organization focused exclusively on nonprofit governance.
“If we want to make real progress in tackling our biggest social challenges, then we need strong and effective boards leading each and every nonprofit organization.”

– Anne Wallestad, President & CEO