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Boards & Governance

This page maintains a collection a timely best-practice information and tools that boards can use to strengthen engagement and increase effectiveness.

Essential Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

This video by The Nonprofit Partnership outlines the nine essential responsibilities of nonprofit boards.

Tips to Improve Your Board

This download from Joyaux Associates offers practical advice and tips for organizing board members, running effective meetings, and sustaining commitment and motivation.

Nonprofit Governance Index - Leading With Intent 2015

This annual report from BoardSource offers an overview regarding nonprofit board practices and challenges nationally.

The Performance Imperative

Mario Morino's Leap of Reason catalyzed a great deal of transformational things regarding nonprofit governance and management. This February, 2015 release of The Performance Imperative builds on that work with sound strategic advice.

Vital Voices

This report from BoardSource taps the experience of board members of color as they bring their voices to board rooms around the country. Since seven of every eight nonprofit board members nationally are white, these new voices and experiences resonate with power.

Boards Matter

An interesting new guidebook from the Management Assistance Group on board best practices that can help rejuvenate board operations is available here

Independent Sector's Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

This volume and companion workbook sets the standards for good governance and ethical practice for nonprofits and foundations. Download these important resources here:

Board Aptitude Matrix

Philanthropy Matters offers this simple matrix for evaluating the utility of various board candidates to your organization.

Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits has produced an excellent guide for shaping first-class governance and management in nonprofit organizations.

BoardSource Scorecard - How Boards Rate Themselves in 2014

BoardSource Scorecard

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