Board Resources

Get on Board

Nonprofit boards are legally and strategically central to the work of nonprofits. To adapt and thrive in a fast-changing world, nonprofits need engaged and purpose-driven boards.

Through a range of programs and services, MANP supports boards to explore for themselves:

What's our purpose?
What’s the change we want to make in the world? Is the organization meeting a need?
How do we work together?
How do we build a culture of trust, inquiry, and respect? What values and practices foster inclusive dialogue, thoughtful decision-making, and mission impact?
What's our role? 
What does this organization need from us? What are our responsibilities as board members? Are we providing effective oversight and strategic direction to be accountable to our community?
Who is at the table?
Who are the partners and stakeholders whose voices need to included? How do we attract and engage board and committee members with diverse skills, knowledge, and viewpoints?

Key Programs + Services

Training on Roles, Responsibilities + Relationships
  • MANP offers training in several formats, including our one-hour Board Roles + Responsibilities webinars and full-day Board Boot Camps.
  • MANP regularly schedules programs with dynamic speakers from across the country on governance topics, including the role of the board chair, the board’s role in fundraising, financial management for boards, and the board chair/executive director relationship. 
  • Watch our event listings!

Tools for Board Recruitment

Board Development Resources + Coaching
  • Sounding BoardMANP offers free, virtual coaching sessions that pair nonprofit members with thought partners who have experience and insights related to nonprofit boards.
  • We collect resources on the board's role in advancing equity to provide food for thought and practical suggestions.
  • We regularly partner with state associations across the country to offer trainings related to board diversity, inclusion and equitable practice (check event listings).
  • Board Self-Assessment: Conducting a regular board self-assessment is an important way to check your board’s vital signs and identify areas for development. 
  • Board Basics HandbookMembers have free access to this electronic publication provides an overview of board roles and responsibilities along with suggested board activities.

Interested in Board Service?

Nonprofit board or committee service can be a rewarding way to invest in your community, meet incredible people, build new skills and boost your resume, but, where do you start?

  • “All Aboard” sessions are a great first step – check event listings for upcoming dates. Companies can also invite MANP to deliver a private lunch and learn for their staff. Reach out to us at to discuss options.
  • The Emerging Leaders Program is a more in-depth program for people under 40 interested in boosting their leadership skills, expanding their personal and professional networks, and applying their leadership on nonprofit committees or boards. Learn more.
  • Board Explorer is a new service designed to facilitate connections between individuals interested in serving on a board and organizations looking to enhance their boards with new perspectives and talents. Check it out!

About Our Get on Board Initative

Through our Get on Board initiative MANP is strengthening and expanding our governance support with a particular focus on addressing recruitment challenges, serving rural communities and bringing an equity lens to our work. MANP is working to:

  • Champion board service and create pathways to board service for new audiences.
  • Support nonprofits in finding, recruiting and onboarding board members.
  • Review and update programs and tools to ensure the design and delivery of board development programs is accessible and empowering for all audiences.
  • Adapt training and resources on board roles and responsibilities to a variety of formats, particular virtual formats. 
  • Create opportunities for board members to learn with and from each other.
  • Leverage partnerships to bring proven programs to new regions and audiences. 
  • Strengthen the capacity of board leadership through programs targeted to board chairs, officers and the board chair/CEO partnership.

The Get on Board initiative has been funded in part by John T. Gorman Foundation, the Betterment Fund, and Onion Foundation.

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If you’re interested in supporting our Get on Board initiative, please contact Kelly McCormack, Development & Marketing Manager, at