Capacity-Building Initiative Provides Practical Help for Health Nonprofit Boards

Strengthening the governance of voluntary health organizations

From mid-1999 to mid-2002, BoardSource (formerly the National Center for Non-Profit Boards), Washington, developed new tools and resources to strengthen the effectiveness of the governing boards of voluntary health and health-related organizations.

BoardSource is a resource for training and technical assistance addressed to the responsibilities confronting the governance of America's voluntary sector.

Key Results

During the grant period, BoardSource:

  • Completed the third Nonprofit Governance Index survey in September 1999 in partnership with Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
  • Developed 46 new resources, among them a:
    • Board retreat handbook.
    • Chief executive compensation guide.
    • Conflict resolution manual.

    All are widely applicable to many types of nonprofits, including health care and health related organizations.
  • Conducted customized training programs, including board self-assessments, strategic planning and retreats, for nearly 200 nonprofit organizations in 2001.
  • Increased membership from 10,500 at the end of 1998 to over 16,500 in May 2002.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $300,000 as partial grant support for the effort between May 1999 and July 2002.

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