Research acts a tool to propel our learning and inspire changes in how we approach our work.
We believe in the connectedness of our efforts in the social sector, and in the importance of thoughtfully undertaking scholarly and practitioner research in our field.
Through our Affinity Groups, Alliance members proudly collaborate to initiate research and author publications that advance nonprofit capacity building. Below are a few of our more recent publications, made publicly available for the benefit of all who support social change.
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs
A National Study on the Perspectives of Nonprofit Board Chairs: How they prepare for and perceive their role in relation to the board, community and chief executive officer.
Voices of Nonprofit Board Chairs (download) reflects the voices of 635 nonprofit board chairs across the United States. The study was conducted by the Alliance’s Governance Affinity Group and is intended as a first step in hearing directly from board chairs about their experiences and perceptions, acknowledging the importance of the leadership role of board chairs and the significant dearth of research in this area.
As one of the few studies on board chairs, this study sought to answer two research questions: How do individuals prepare for their role as chair of a nonprofit board? and, what do board chairs perceive their leadership roles to be in relationship to the board, the community, and the CEO?
Guide for Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE Guide)
Take your community engagement practice to the next level. A joint project of the Alliance and the Building Movement Project, the NICE Guide oﬀers information, tools, case studies and other resources to support capacity builders as they guide nonproﬁt groups in developing core competencies on constituent and community engagement.
The NICE Guide is designed for organizational development experts, management support organizations, and internal and external consultants to facilitate eﬀorts to integrate the voice of community members and constituents into the daily practice of nonproﬁt organizations.