Board Development Systems

Strengthening Boards. Shaping Communities.

aka BoardBuild   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  https://www.boardbuild.org/

Mission

We are on a mission to strengthen communities through the training and matching of emerging and established leaders with qualified nonprofit boards.

Ruling year info

2019

President & CEO

Pamela Cannell

Board Secretary & Treasurer

Jeffrey Allison

Main address

1500 N Main St Ste 200

Fort Worth, TX 76164 USA

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EIN

83-1151273

NTEE code info

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BoardBuild is on a mission to strengthen communities through the training and matching of diverse leaders with nonprofit boards of directors.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BoardBuild Essentials Training

Serving on a nonprofit board allows you to use your passions, skills, and expertise to strengthen and shape your community! Our online, self-paced training includes 7 lessons covering 22 topics that teach you the essential logistics and operations of serving on a nonprofit board.

You’ll learn:

Introducing BoardBuild
Board Member Basics
Essential Guiding Documents
Nonprofit Financial Essentials
Evaluating Agency Programs and the CEO
Board Meetings and Committees
On Your Way to Being a Great Board Member

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Sexual identity

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students registered for online courses

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

BoardBuild Essentials Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Female 59% Male 40% Other <1% Nonbinary 1% White 60% African-American 15% Latinx 11% Other 7% Asian 3% Multiracial 3% American Indian 1%

Number of links and collaborations with external organizations that support student learning and its priority tasks

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

BoardBuild Essentials Training

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

External organizations include leadership development companies, United Ways and community foundations, all organizations involved in nonprofit capacity building.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

BoardBuild Essentials Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

External speaking requests focus on best practices in nonprofit board governance as well as board diversity as a good business practice. Speaking requests include conferences, podcasts, national tv.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Sexual identity

Related Program

BoardBuild Essentials Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members include individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations all involved in nonprofit board training and service in leadership.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sobering Facts

 84% of nonprofit board members and 90% of board chairs are Caucasian.
 58% of board members are over the age of 60.
 83.1% of members are 40+ years old, as compared to 61% of the general population.
 51% of board chairs did nothing to prepare for their role.
 Only 45% of board members said their organization’s onboarding process properly prepared them to be an effective board member.

For the past 30+ years, no consistent, high-quality board governance training has been available for Boards of Directors of nonprofit organizations. Incomplete knowledge of board governance principles has negatively impacted the quality of programming, fiscal management, and overall strength of the nonprofit sector.

Diverse Board of Directors Matters

In addition to governance know-how, boards can be significantly strengthened through membership diversity.6 Diversity benefits boards, organizations and communities in substantial ways:
 New and fresh perspectives in decision-making
 Innovative thinking
 Extending the reach of organizational networks

The goal of nonprofit governance boards is to impact organizational performance. These strengths matter most:

 The board’s understanding of its roles and responsibilities (governance)

 The board’s ability to work collaboratively toward shared goals (optimized through diverse membership)

BoardBuild is an innovative, unique online system that connects community leaders with nonprofit organizations aspiring two a diverse board well trained in governance principles. BoardBuild’s dual components fulfill these requirements:

1. Online, on-demand training in the essentials of nonprofit board governance

2. Online board matching between governance-trained community leaders and nonprofit organizations seeking new board members


BoardBuild Vision, Mission and Values

Vision: A world where diverse, trained leaders and organizations can unite and foster strong communities to work, play, and grow.

Mission: To strengthen communities through the training and matching of emerging and established leaders with qualified nonprofit boards.

Values: Community trusteeship, leadership, innovation, diversity


BoardBuild Stakeholders
 Individuals: Emerging and established leaders who want to broaden and develop their community trusteeship as nonprofit board members.

 Nonprofit organizations that want a simple, effective means to identify skilled, diverse board members

 Companies that want to sponsor the development and community connections of key employees while raising brand visibility

 Foundations with a commitment to strengthening the organizations they fund by training community leaders in nonprofit board governance

Executive Management
+ Strong CEO leading all corporate operations
+ Strong partner support
+ Best-in-class
! Marketing team
! Technology team
! IT team
! Security team

Board of Directors
+Diverse
+Experts in their fields
+Engaged

Finances
+Strong financial partner support
+Revenue streams trending upward
+Customer retention plan in place

Technology
+Excellent training product
+Robust SalesForce CRM supporting operations
+Increased adoption of nonprofit community to algorithm-based matching processes

+ Upward trending revenue goals
+700+ users
+190 users BoardBuild certified in the Essentials of Nonprofit Board Governance
+24 BoardBuild certified leaders matched to nonprofit boards
+90 nonprofits posted open board and committee positions
+1-yr impact measurement study revealed users report gaining knowledge in nonprofit board governance. With this better understanding, users report being able to contribute more to their board and are more comfortable in their roles.

BoardBuild Three-Year Goals

 Priority 1: Sustainable revenue-generating model

 Priority 2: High-quality consumer service experience

 Priority 3: Measurable community impact:
Nonprofit board governance; diverse board composition

 Priority 4: Scalable operational processes

 Priority 5: High-quality product, including enhancements

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Much of our messaging has shifted from promoting diverse board leadership as more than the right thing to do, but is also good for business. Many of our webinars and trainings now include the business case for diverse board leadership.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Development Systems

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Watson

United Way Tarrant County

Term: 2020 - 2022

Jeffrey Allison

United Way Tarrant County

Kathryn Ball

Highland Homes

Matthew Ciardiello

Poplar Resources

DJ Harrell

City of Fort Worth

Elise Kensinger

4C

Leah King

United Way Tarrant County

Gregory Nielsen

Nielsen Training and Consulting

Willie Rankin

LVTRise

Ed Riefenstahl

Texas Christian University

Ben Robertson

Byrne Construction Company

Beth Watson

United Way Tarrant County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/19/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.