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It may sound obvious, but boards cannot lead effectively if they do not understand the organization’s work. BoardSource’s 2017 study, Leading with Intent, shows just how important this understanding is.

Based on this research, board members’ knowledge of programs correlates to stronger (or weaker) performance across several areas, including:

  • Strategic thinking and planning
  • Overall engagement and commitment
  • External leadership and ambassadorship, including fundraising and advocacy