What is Leading with Intent?

Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices is the only survey to gather information from both chief executives and board chairs on their experiences in the nonprofit boardrooms of America. Who serves on nonprofit boards? How are boards structured? What are their policies and practices? What challenges them? Are they providing the leadership needed? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in Leading with Intent. And because BoardSource has been conducting a version of this survey approximately every two years since 1994, Leading with Intent also enables us to answer the question, How are nonprofit boards changing over time?

With more than 26 years of experience helping organizations build the effectiveness of their boards, BoardSource and its community of 100,000 leaders understand that board effectiveness and organizational impact go hand in hand. We view Leading with Intent as a call to action. Strong, impactful board leadership is within our organizations’ reach, but it will not happen on its own. We need to focus our energies and resources to support boards that are working to strengthen their performance, and we need to challenge those who are not to set a higher bar for themselves and their missions. We invite you to join us in this effort by exploring this website, downloading and reading the report and resources, and leading with intent.

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Leading with Intent 2015:
A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices


Learn what is happening within nonprofit boardrooms today in this comprehensive review and analysis of the Leading with Intent survey data; includes insights into trends, strengths, and challenges across the sector.

2015 Executive Summary

A short look at Leading with Intent’s key findings.

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Briefs and Topic Papers

Learn more about the board practices discussed in Leading with Intent in the topic papers and briefs provided here.

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BoardSource Recommended Governance Practices

A summary of BoardSource recommended board leadership practices.

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Charts and Tables

Download the charts and tables included in the 2015 Leading with Intent report.

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2015 Data File

Dig into the complete data from both the CEO and board chair surveys.

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2015 Data File with Cross-Tabulations

Want even more data? This cross-tabulations file builds on the data file by providing comparisons by organizational type, budget size, geographic service area, affiliation, and more. The data is presented in Excel for flexibility in use.

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