As I See It | Missy Gale, CFRE | President & CEO

New for 2021 – Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices 

We always eagerly anticipate the publishing of BoardSource’s Leading with Intent report. It’s data rich information focused on the Work, the People, the Culture, and the Impact of nonprofit boards. It also provides a detailed roadmap for focus areas of improvement. M. Gale uses this data in our practice with our clients to benchmark and guide best practices with their nonprofit boards.  

This year’s report doesn’t disappoint. In addition to these key findings, the supplemental report Reviewing the State of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards gives us a straightforward, objective reading of where we are AND provides thought-provoking takeaways for consideration throughout.   

Here are Leading with Intent’s Key Findings which may surprise you. A copy of the full report can be downloaded from BoardSource: 
  1. Boards are disconnected from the communities and people they serve. 
  2. Boards that prioritize fundraising above all else when it comes to the board’s role do so at the expense of organizational strategy, relevance and impact.  
  3. Board and executives should reflect on what is prioritized in terms of board expectations and how time is spent.  
  4. The board chair’s leadership in ensuring that there are clear expectations of board service seem to matter most when it comes to the board’s overall culture. 

Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices (Washington, D.C.: BoardSource, 2021). Please note that BoardSource retains the rights to the Leading with Intent survey, report, and data.


About the Author

As president and founder of M. Gale & Associates, Missy Gale has dedicated almost three decades to crafting unique strategies and solutions to complex fundraising projects and organizational issues, resulting in transformational fundraising success for her clients. With more than ten years at the helm of M. Gale & Associates, Missy has assisted nonprofits in North Texas and the Southwest in healthcare, arts and culture, social services, and education. Missy is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and holds the Certified Fundraising Executive credential. She has presented at numerous international, national and regional conferences. In 2014 Missy was honored as the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Fort Worth Metro chapter. She has also served as national chair of the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)