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Why Boards Matter: The Relationship Between Strongs Boards and Organizational Success

As a sector, we have come to some consensus on “good governance” and the things boards should do to effectively govern nonprofits. We have identified the board’s basic roles and developed metrics to gauge organizational success. What we DON’T know is whether and why these practices actually result in improved organizational health and long-term sustainability. Until now.

Analyzing the data from its Core Capacity Assessment Tool—an organizational diagnostic that has been taken by more than 4,000 nonprofits (representing more than 19,000 individuals who took the CCAT)—TCC Group has identified the ways in which strong board performance correlates with overall organizational strength. Through our analysis of data from organizations with strong board leadership scores, we have determined what these boards do that result in stronger leadership and adaptive capacities. The combination of this research and TCC’s consulting experience with hundreds of nonprofit organizations enables it to offer practical ideas aimed at strengthening board performance.

  • Charles Gasper, Senior Consultant, TCC Group
  • Julie Simpson, Director, Nonprofit Strategy & Capacity Building

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