BoardSource (National Center for Nonprofit Boards)

BoardSource [Board Source], formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, is the premier resource for practical information, tools and best practices, training, and leadership development for board members of nonprofit organizations worldwide.

BoardSource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

BoardSource provides

  • Resources to nonprofit leaders through workshops, training, and an extensive Web-based database.
  • Governance consultants who work directly with nonprofit leaders to design specialized solutions to meet an organization’s needs.
  • The most comprehensive selection of material on nonprofit governance, including a large selection of booklets, books, videotapes, and audiotapes.
  • An biennial conference that brings together approximately 700 board members and chief executives of nonprofit organizations from around the world.

BoardSource mission statement

BoardSource is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors.

BoardSource history

BoardSource, formerly the National Center for Nonprofit Boards, took on its new name and identity on January 1, 2002.

BoardSource was established in 1988 by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) and INDEPENDENT SECTOR. In the early 1980s, the two organizations conducted a survey and found that although 30 percent of respondents believed they were doing a good job of board education and training, the rest of the respondents reported little, if any, activity in strengthening governance. As a result, the two organizations proposed the creation of a new organization whose mission was to increase the effectiveness of nonprofit boards.

With a lead grant from the Kellogg Foundation and funding from five other donors, BoardSource opened its doors as the National Center for Nonprofit Boards with a staff of three and an operating budget of $385,000. Today, 14 years later, BoardSource has grown to a staff of more than 40, and a budget of near $10 million. BoardSource now has more than 16,000 members and has served more than 75,000 nonprofit leaders.

BoardSource contact info

1828 L Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036-5114
Phone: (202) 452-6262 or (800) 883-6262
Fax: (202) 452-6299
Web: (

See also…

Nonprofit Law and Fundraising

International Law Forum