By leveraging BoardSource’s strengths in building effective nonprofit boards with CEP’s strengths in advancing effective foundation practice, the partnership enables both organizations to offer a powerful suite of tools designed to help foundation boards strengthen their practices and lead their organizations to higher levels of performance. Below is more detail on the resources provided by BoardSource to further governance practices.
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.