Section Highlights

Excellence in Governance

Excellence in Governance is designed to help responsible community development corporation (CDC) boards become exceptional. Participating organizations explore characteristics of effective board governance and the board’s role in improving organizational health, performance and sustainability. Using a proven, performance-based framework, each participating board will define success and measure its effectiveness in the context of their organization and their community.

Excellence in Governance helps CDC board members learn and apply concepts on:

  • Building constructive partnerships
  • Assessing risk for lines of business, mergers, partnerships, etc.
  • Becoming ambassadors beyond the board room
  • Measuring and evaluating organizational outcomes
  • Setting mission-based priorities and goals









To be eligible, organizations must be community development organizations with housing as a component of the mission and community member representation on the board. Board members must be interested in moving their already responsible board to become an excellent board. Participants must include four members of the organizational leadership team, including the Executive Director/CEO and three current or emerging board leaders.

Components of Excellence in Governance:

  • Self-assessment using a BoardSource tool
  • On-site retreat with the organization’s full board
  • Support from a coach with extensive community development and nonprofit experience
  • Three two-day in-person sessions with leadership teams from all participating nonprofits to meet BoardSource trainers, coaches and other content experts
  • Peer to peer conversations and virtual community with other program participants
  • Performance challenge for each participating organization, focused on real issues and results
  • $10,000 completion grant


To find out more about Excellence in Governance, click here.


Unless otherwise noted, all content © 2014 Neighborhood Reinvestment
Corporation, dba NeighborWorks® America. All rights reserved
For questions about this Web site visit our Help Page
999 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 900, Washington, D.C., 20002
Phone: (202) 760-4000 | Fax: (202) 376-2600