This 130-page resource, Board Book Essentials, has 35 of the important resources we've developed this year, and we've organized it for you.
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130+ pages, 35+ resources. This is what you've been waiting for...

You've been reading our Resources + Solutions emails and downloading our content. But, how are you using this information? Are you talking with your board members about it? Do you know how and when to use the information you are finding valuable?

We're here to help. This 130-page resource, Board Book Essentials, is filled with more than 35 of the most important resources we've developed this year. We've organized it into three different sections: discussion starters, special topics in five key areas, and reference materials that should be in every board book.

Let us help you build a stronger board–staff partnership that will affect all the work you do together to advance your organization and its mission. 

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Foundation leader on the difference advocacy is making.

"Without advocacy, without standing up for those we support, we in essence have handcuffed our own voice," says Cathy Self, president and CEO of the Baptist Healing Trust. Her encouraging words are inspiring to any grantmaker who’s thinking about entering into a journey toward advocacy that this might be some of the most important work grantmakers do. Watch the video now.

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Engage elected officials. But do it legally.

Staying Legal While Engaging In Election-Related Activities is the title of this five-page resource.

Contrary to what some think, charities — including their board members — can legally advocate their causes by engaging in election-related activities, but restrictions apply. In this presidential election year, it’s wise to know what they are.

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From now through December, we have the trainings you need.

BoardSource will be presenting more than 30 webinars, certificate programs, and trainings from now through December! All are designed to provide board members, CEOs/EDs, senior executives, and consultants with the knowledge they need to govern and lead their organizations effectively.

Check out these educational opportunities on our training calendar. Here are just a few of the topics we will address in the coming months:

  • Advocacy Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Leveraging Board Advocates for Greater Impact
  • Recruiting and Onboarding the Board Talent You Need
  • The Art of Succession Planning
  • Essential Leadership Roles: Who's Responsible for What
  • Visionary Boards: What They Are and Why You Need One 



Next Week: video, new guide, and a quiz...

  • A foundation board member talks about the systemic change that can occur through advocacy.
  • We've created a foundation-specific discussion guide about advocacy and ambassadorship.
  • And... have you been paying attention all month? Look out for our quiz (and be sure to study up!).


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