Association Governance Research Project
Volunteer leadership is recognized as instrumental in guiding and ensuring the future success of nonprofit trade and professional associations (NTPA). This study identifed successful recruitment strategies, key processes, and crucial structures of high-performing boards. These practices suggest some of the most promising mechanisms to strengthen nonprofit boards. The research surveyed and interviewed executives and board members from a national sample of trade and professional associations. This resulted in a profile of current governance practices exhibited in trade and professional associations, and a description of promising practices used by the strongest boards.