One of the least researched aspects of the governance of nonprofit organizations is the role and impact of the Chairs of their boards of directors. The goal of this study is to learn more about how chairs affect their organizations and, ultimately, what can be done to improve their effectiveness.

As a person with experience in governance, we would greatly appreciate your help by sharing with us some of what you have observed about the impact of board chairs.

Please note: The information that you provide will be treated as confidential. No one will see it other than the professional research team. It will be reported only in statistical form collated with the responses of others and in such a way that your identity will not be revealed.

If you have difficulty completing this survey, or would like more information, please contact Yvonne Harrison at 206-296-5438 or