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BoardSource is the leading organization in the United States that provides governance training, information, and leadership opportunities to increase the effectiveness of the nation's nonprofit agencies. In 2015-2016, BoardSource has two main goals: (1) to serve as the national voice for board leadership, encouraging leaders to embrace advocacy as a core strategy, become transparent, and promote diversity and inclusion in the boardroom; and (2) to ensure that nonprofit organizations have access to the support they need to build a strong and effective board by expanding their board development program, providing in-depth educational and advisory services, offering support through strategic relationships, and investing in its own human and technical capacity in order to expand its reach. A grant increase will support BoardSource's efforts to challenge nonprofit organizations and their boards to consider long-term collaboration as a strategy for greater impact.
The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, supports efforts to build a vibrant and independent philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
We fund organizations and initiatives that promote effectiveness, accountability, and transparency within the sector; build the capacity of foundations and nonprofit organizations to address local community needs; enhance the sector’s legal, fiscal, research, and policy framework; and ensure an adequate, responsive flow of resources to the nonprofit sector. Our geographic focus includes: Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa, United States, and select countries internationally, as well as globally.
*Note: This issue previously included support to organizations working in Russia, and such support is detailed in the Foundation's grants database. However, in 2015, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation was included on a list of organizations that the upper house of the Russian parliament recommended designating as “undesirable.” We therefore concluded that the best course of action was to discontinue our support in Russia. See the Foundation’s statement regarding this development for more information.
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