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BoardSource Nonprofit Governance Index

Boardsource gi mapSince 1994 BoardSource has conducted a one-of-a-kind national nonprofit survey of executive directors and board chairs. A recent e-news from them reports that over the past two years:

  • 25% of nonprofits dipped into reserves or endowment
  • 25% lost revenue due to diminished public funding
  • 19% downsized operations or reduced services
  • and 22% cut staff
In a brief review of the Governance Index report the Philanthropy Journal noted that

“despite rising expectations, most board members are reluctant to participate in fundraising activities and identify potential donors. Fundraising continues to be the weakest area of board performance, according to most respondents.”

Considering the bullet points above it is important that board members realize that insuring adequate resources is one of the board’s basic responsibilities.


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