'Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices'

'Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices'

Nonprofit CEOs and board chairs think boards do an okay job, assigning their own boards an average grade of “B-,”  a new report from BoardSource finds. Based on a survey of more than eight hundred nonprofit CEOs and board chairs, the report, Leading With Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (54 pages, PDF), cites weakness in adapting to changes in strategy and inadequate community outreach as common failings of board members and further argues that board members need to do a better job of advocating for their organization’s mission and be more active as fundraisers. The reports also found that while racial/ethnic, gender, and age diversity among board members is improving, gaps persist. The study also highlights the importance of strengthening the leadership culture of boards through thoughtful planning, determined dedication, and collective commitment.