BoardSource released the sixth Nonprofit Governance Index last month at its Leadership Forum in San Francisco. The Index voices the experiences & perspectives of 1,758 nonprofit leaders across the United States. BoardSource’s research revealed the fact that many frequently asked questions do not have easy answers. Among those are:
- What size should our board be?
- How much should board members give?
- What does a diverse board look like?
- How often should we have board meetings?
- What committees should we have?
Participants in the research were selected from BoardSource membership who represent a wide variety and sizes of organizations throughout the United States, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. Responses came from 978 executives and 780 board members in two separate surveys. It is not surprising that when asked to give their boards a letter grade board members graded themselves higher than did their executive directors. Though the lowest grade was given for fundraising by both parties.
- Board Roles and Responsibilities
- Board Performance
- Board Structures and Dynamics
- Board Size and Terms
- Board-Chief Executive Relations
- Board Composition and Recruitment
- Diversity and Inclusivity
- Board Recruitment
Each of these practices was measured and the survey results shown in graphs and in “The Numbers & Behind the Numbers” lists. Appendices provide methodology, profiles of participants and comparative board intelligence.