Board Development

In order to lead your nonprofit strategically and effectively, your board needs to have a clear understanding of its roles and responsibilities. More than that, though, your board needs to agree on how it wants to operate together, members need to feel engaged in the work, and when conflict arises, there need to be group norms for productively addressing it.

This is all easier said than done. If your board or nonprofit has new faces, is developing a strategic plan, needs help navigating through challenges, or is feeling caught in the weeds instead of on setting strategy, it’s probably a good time for board development. We engage with nonprofits as a mutual and trusted partner using a three-step approach: assessing where your board is currently at, coming to an agreement on where you need to be (and how you want to be together), and then establishing an action plan to move forward toward your mission, together.

We also can coach you on how to build your board with the right tools and processes, including the processes related to recruiting new board members.


Ready to talk about how we can work with your organization? Reach out to Amanda Duhon to discuss how we can assist you.

Benefits & Outcomes of Board Development

  • New skills and perspectives identified to inform your recruitment and carry out your strategic goals
  • Better board engagement by clarifying board roles and responsibilities
  • More generative (and even fun!) board meetings
  • Stronger interpersonal relationships
  • Governance structures, practices, and agreements that fit your values and vision
  • A healthier board/executive director partnership
  • Smoother leadership transitions
  • Establish group norms and tools for moving past conflict

Our 3-Step Board Development Process

1. Board Self-Assessment

2. Board Roles & Responsibilities

3. Board Development Action Plan

From our clients

“We knew [working with Propel Nonprofits] would get us further faster toward our mission. It’s an investment that’s going to pay off, honestly, in the near-term, not even the long-term.”

Lynn Farmer, Board Chair,  Northside Economic Opportunity Network