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Administrative Collaboration: Is It Right for You?

BoardSource recently announced a new initiative focused on supporting nonprofit boards as they explore the possibility of collaborating with other organizations to advance their missions. The Power of Possibility: Exploring Greater Impact through Strategic Partnerships campaign encourages nonprofit leaders to think about going beyond their organizational boundaries to do together what they may not be able to do alone.

In support of the campaign, this issue of the Spark! features the experience of three cultural organizations that embarked on an administrative collaboration ten years ago. They have translated their experiences — both the highs and the lows — into lessons learned that will benefit organizations exploring an administrative collaboration — a type of strategic partnership that has made it possible for many organizations to realize financial savings and maximize efficiencies while not making any changes to their corporate structures. Is an administrative collaboration right for you?

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Seize the Moment

Certain moments create natural opportunities to explore strategic partnerships. The Power of Possibility website features case studies and discussion guides that are applicable to those times when boards and organizational leaders are  



Charter school membership program now available. In partnership with Charter Board Partners, BoardSource now provides a membership program for charter schools that includes access to 40-plus resources, assessment tools, and more designed specifically for charter school boards and leaders. Access the resources now.

Congratulations to BoardSource board member Yanela Frias. She was recently named one of the 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017 by the Association of Latino Professionals and Fortune magazine. Yanela is senior vice president and head of structured settlements, Prudential Retirement, Prudential Financial.

Seattle beckons. The BoardSource Leadership Forum is now a biennial event, so don’t miss out on participating in this year’s conference, taking place in Seattle on October 19 & 20. We’re excited about the thought-provoking session proposals submitted through our Call for Sessions. Be there to learn about the latest in nonprofit governance from some of the sector’s most respected leaders. Register today.

There’s an interesting blog post regarding the board’s role in purchasing employee health care over on the BoardSource Blog. Do you subscribe to the blog? If not, now’s a great time to do so.  

Have a governance challenge you want to discuss with your peers? BoardSource’s members are a great resource, and they’re sharing insights, viewpoints, and resources on the BoardSource Exchange every day. Log in at and join in on the discussions.


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Upcoming Webinars & Trainings

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Measure It! Turning Data into Dollars
April 4 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Members $0 | Nonmembers $35

Research shows that nonprofits with high-performance measurement cultures are more successful at engaging funders and achieving overall impact. Join us to learn proven strategies to effectively measure impact and outcomes and then how to use that data to increase the effectiveness of your operations and generate new funding.

Webinar 101
Essential Nonprofit Investment Strategies
April 13 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Members $0 | Nonmembers $35

This webinar explores the importance of crafting an investment policy to help your organization determine the appropriate use of funds and to help your board members maintain their fiduciary obligations. We will be providing real-world case studies of financial challenges faced by large and small nonprofits.

Webinar 201
How to Conduct a Successful Board Retreat
April 26 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Members $0 | Nonmembers $75

Planning a board retreat? Make sure it is focused on advancing your organization’s mission rather than on internal political dynamics or disagreement. Learn how to address and avoid the pitfalls that can derail a board retreat and design and implement a successful retreat.

Webinar 101 
Investment Programs Governance Structures
May 10 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET | Members $0 | Nonmembers $35

Is your organization’s investment program proving effective in today’s volatile markets? How does it compare to your peers’ programs? Join us to learn how to evaluate your governance and decision-making structure as it relates to investments.

Live training – Los Angeles
Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting
May 31-June 2 | The Center for Nonprofit Management, Los Angeles

This three-day course is designed to heighten the skills and abilities of those who currently, or who would like to, consult and train nonprofit boards of directors on governance issues.




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