Board development practices and competent board members: Implications for performance Academic Article uri icon


  • This study explores underlying assumptions about board development practices in nonprofit governance. Specifically, a model was developed to determine if using recommended recruitment, board member orientation, and evaluation practices resulted in more competent board members and if the presence of these board members led to better board performance. The sample consisted of 1,051 survey responses from CEOs and board chairs representing 713 credit unions. As member-benefit nonprofit organizations, credit unions rely almost exclusively on voluntary board members in an oversight capacity. Results support the contention that board development practices lead to more capable board members, and the presence of these board members tends to explain board performance. The study advances the understanding of nonprofit board development practices by further defining the concept and proposing an empirically tested assessment strategy. Furthermore, the findings support using specific recruitment practices that should strengthen nonprofit boards. Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership

author list (cited authors)

  • Brown, W. A.

complete list of authors

  • Brown, William A

publication date

  • January 1, 2007 11:11 AM