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Building Stronger Boards

Effective nonprofit boards of directors are a critical factor in the stability of organizations and in ensuring the sector's ability to deliver quality services to New York City residents. While nonprofit boards play a vital role in all organizations, determining exactly how a nonprofit board should funciton and  how best to incorporate the resources that board members bring to an organization can be difficult. This section of NYC Nonprofit Assistance is dedicated to assisting organizations as they navigate the world of board relations and effectiveness.

Nonprofit Board Resources

United Way of New York City, in partnership with NYC Service, launched BoardServeNYC to build the capacity of nonprofits in New York City by connecting them to a pool of prospective board members. Individuals can connect to work they care about, expand personal and professional networks and strengthen leadership skills. Nonprofits, in turn, can access and harness a new talent pool and improve board capacity. To learn more about the program and how it works visit:

Board Basics
The nonprofit board is charged with many responsibilities which if not properly carried out can adversely affect the organization. In this section check out a series of articles from Bridgespan covering a variety of topics of importance to a well-functioning  board including: Ethics; Fundraising: Legal, Fiduciary and Basic Responsibilities; and Board Organization and Structure:
Nonprofit Boards 101

Good Governance Guide for Boards
Effective and efficient governance is an essential component in ensuring the functionality of any organization. Governance Matters developed the Good Governance Guide to help nonprofit board members and executives assess their own organization and improve board performance to further their nonprofit missions:
Good Governance Guide

Board Member Recruitment
Board member recruiting and selection can be difficult. Ensuring the right fit is important for the health of the board as well as the organization. These resources provide helpful tips on how to conduct a board member search, general recruitment and how to build a solid board:
Building Your Nonprofit Board
Reflections on Powerful Board Recruitment

The Role of the Board Chair
Board chairs play an important role in well-functioning boards but what exactly is their role? The following articles provide some helpful insights:
The Role of the Board Chair
Board Chair and Leadership
Board Chairs

Board Webinars

 Building the Best Board for Challenging Times
This webinar provides tips on building and managing a nonprofit board from optimal board size to board member job descriptions and ideal committee structures:
Building the Best Board

Your Board and Fundraising
Fundraising is a core responsibility of any nonprofit board but all too often boards fall short. Ensuring that board members fully understand their fundraising role can be a challenge. Check out this course offered by GrantSpace on getting your board involved in fundraising:
Nonprofit Boards and Fundraising

For additional nonprofit board resources, check out the Resources by Topic section of Nonprofit Assistance.

Please note, the City of New York provides the information and references listed here as a resource and does not necessarily endorse any of the views expressed therein.


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