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Board Resources

Online Guidance on Boards & Governance
Help on a multitude of subjects

The websites below offer nonprofit resources and tools on a wide range of board leadership topics that can help you educate yourself and your board, navigate thorny board issues, and address new challenges or opportunities your board may be facing.

AACT Resource Library
Articles, sample documents and forms, available to AACT members (you must be signed in to access these resources).  Under "Choose a Category," select "Board & Governance."

BoardSource (formerly National Center for Nonprofit Boards) offers a variety of tools, resources, and research data to increase board effectiveness and strengthen organizational impact.

On the website’s menu, click on “Support for Your Board,” then “Resources by Topic.” Topics include:

  •  The Board-Staff Partnership
  •  Roles & Responsibilities
  •  Oversight & Accountability
  •  Strategy & Planning
  •  Fundraising
  •  Advocacy & Ambassadorship
  •  Structure, Committees, & Meetings
  •  Board Composition & Recruitment
  •  Orientation & Education
  •  Culture & Dynamics
  •  Executive Transition
  •  Executive Evaluation & Compensation
  •  Assessing Board Performance

National Council of Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits provides tools, research, and resources to help nonprofit organizations operate more effectively, efficiently, and ethically. Its website includes information on Governance and Leadership, including Board Roles and Responsibilities, Board Orientation, Good Governance Policies for Nonprofits, Fundraising and Resource Development.

501 Commons
Nonprofit support, free information and referral services, including Boards & Governance Resources.

Blue Avocado
Offers practical tools & tips for nonprofits, by nonprofits, including the online Magazine of American Nonprofits.

Nonprofit Hub
Articles, publications, and free nonprofit guides.

Nonprofit Resource Hub
The Nonprofit Resource Hub is a trade association that also serves the nonprofit sector as a bridge connecting nonprofit organizations to resources and to each other. Resources include articles on Board Development and Governance

Leading publisher of books on nonprofit management and boards

State and Regional Resources

  • Many states have associations for nonprofit organizations. To check your state, view the national directory provided by the National Council of Nonprofits.
  • You can also use Google to search for “nonprofit resources [name of state or region]. For example “nonprofit resources michigan” or “nonprofit resources new england.”


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