Nonprofit Board Resources

Here we provide general resources to support nonprofit board development.

blueavocado.org

Magazine of American Nonprofits: practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits.

blueavocado.org/content/accounting-procedures-manual-template

This site offers an Accounting Procedures Manual Template.

boardcafe.org

CompassPoint Nonprofit Services offers a column with short articles for and about nonprofit boards.

boardsource.org

BoardSource offers a FAQ center about nonprofit boards, as well as helpful keyword searches such as “new board members”.

bridgespan.org

The Bridgespan Group’s website contains a library of articles, videos, podcasts, presentations, and case studies on the nonprofit sector.

compasspoint.org/boardbasics

This site gives individuals a new and interesting way to explore and learn what it means to serve on a nonprofit board.

fdncenter.org

The Foundation Center site contains a directory of private philanthropic and grantmaking foundations.

guidestar.org

Form 990s (annual reporting returns with information on the organization’s mission, programs, and finances) are published here along with other information about nonprofits, including budgets, activities, and salaries.

irs.gov/charities

The official IRS site includes rules and guides (such as “A Charity Guide to Car Donations”) and forms to download and fill out (such as Form 990) relevant for nonprofits.

McKinsey Dynamic Board Report: Lessons from High-Performing Nonprofits

This article provides insights on nonprofit board best practices from high-performing nonprofits, as well as a board assessment tool.

McKinsey Quarterly: The Dynamic Nonprofit Board

This article provides research findings on nonprofit board challenges and best practices.

niac.org

The Nonprofits’ Insurance Alliance of California’s (NIAC) website provides information about insurance coverage.