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Charter Board Partners

CBP Knows Boards

And great schools need great boards.

"At the Donnell-Kay Foundation we believe that there can be no great schools without strong and effective boards–it is the foundation for quality, stability, and results. Charter Board Partners not only realizes this, but is the leader in helping public charter schools ensure that they recruit and train the governance leaders we need. All students deserve exceptional schools. All exceptional schools require skillful and talented leadership and governance."

— Tony Lewis
Executive Director, Donnell-Kay Foundation, Denver

Charter Board Partners is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the governance and quality of public charter schools. We believe that independent governance is the key differentiator between public charter schools and other public schools.  Independently governed boards put in place the context for success, shield schools from the ever-changing forces of politics, and insist on results. Boards also provide charter schools with volunteer board members who bring valuable skills, experience, perspective, expertise, and resources that public schools often have a hard time accessing. And serving on the board of a public school gives those individuals the opportunity to play a meaningful role in their communities, contribute to improving public education, and make a real difference in the lives of children.

We started working with three charter schools in Washington, DC in the fall of 2010. We are currently working with charter school boards, charter support organizations, charter management organizations, state departments of education, authorizers, and quarterback organizations in eight states.  Because of our work, hundreds of citizens are contributing their time and talent to making public schools stronger, decision-makers influencing education are better positioned to insist on and support stronger governance, and dozens of boards are governing more effectively and helping ensure successful outcomes for their students. We have also helped raise awareness about the importance of strong school-level boards—we have put boards "on the map” as the education sector focused on finding the most powerful levers in the efforts to improve the quality of public schools, especially those in underserved communities.  

Ultimately, our mission is about creating good schools, not just good boards.  We are proud to be a strong voice in the charter sector's thrust to focus on quality, not just quantity. 

We also believe that this country needs more diversity in public charter school leadership.  Diversity, equity, and inclusiveness are top priorities for us in our work with boards and stakeholders and our recruiting efforts, as well as internally.  Diverse boards are stronger boards, and the boards of public schools must represent and reflect the students and communities they serve.  

We are proud to be working with leaders throughout the education ecosystem.  Our governance experts provide support, trainings, tools, and resources to individual boards, groups of boards, authorizers, funders, charter support organizations, and policymakers.  We are ready to work with individuals and organizations who share our belief that every charter school needs a strong, strategic, and diverse governing board, so that eventually, every student has the chance to attend an excellent school.

CBP was recently recognized as "one of the best small charities in Greater Washington" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

"Finding such an excellent board chair is one of the top five most important things that has happened to enable this school to launch successfully."

— Will Stoetzer
Co-Founder and Managing Director of Business and Operations, Ingenuity Prep, Washington, D.C.