OnBoard vs BoardEffect

Board Portal Comparison

Choosing the right Board Management platform can impact your organization for years. At OnBoard, we believe everyone should have the best information possible before making a big decision.

And unlike BoardEffect, you can start a Free Trial with OnBoard, so you can experience the value of more informed and effective board meetings before you purchase. 

“What’s not to love? We transitioned to OnBoard after using [BoardEffect] and OnBoard is by far the favorite for our staff and members. There is also an app that is very user friendly, and our members rave about the app.”

What Makes OnBoard Different?
It Starts With Happy Customers.

Design Lines

Every board has unique needs. OnBoard’s board intelligence platform offers value that comfortably addresses every organization – from local nonprofits to global corporations – with flexibility and scale.



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Why Did You Switch From

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Sarah S.
Senior Executive and Governance Coordinator
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“We wanted something more streamlined and less ‘clunky’ A platform that was easier for board member to uses

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Jillian G
Executive Assistant
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"OnBoard had more features and a superior app... My experience so far has been great. The support for the implementation was fantastic and my board members seem to be enjoying the product."

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Eric D
Healthcare, Enterprise
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“In the past, we used a much more expensive competitor before finding OnBoard and never looked back. The feature set is way better and advanced compared to the Board software we used before.”

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“BoardEffect's app feels like it was intentionally designed to waste peoples time. Purpose of this app is to get board members their board materials. Takes 3x too many clicks to get to the files and is way too hard and slow... Pretty disappointing stuff.”

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250+ Boards Have Made The Switch To OnBoard

Why? Because OnBoard is the most Trusted and best reviewed board management product. Join the more than 100,000 users in 60 countries who hold more than 55,000 meetings using OnBoard.


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Highest Rated Board Portal App for iOS & Android


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Expect More From Your Board Management Platform

OnBoard offers an instantly understandable platform that arrives with every tool you need to run a successful board meeting.

Seamless Experience Across Devices

The next generation of board management software isn’t just more capable than legacy providers — it’s more secure, better supported, and rich with data that helps you govern. 

Simplified Meeting Administration

Meeting admins can move faster and work smarter by simplifying everything from agenda creation to meeting minutes. Creating, distributing, and organizing board materials has never been easier.

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Mission-Critical Security & Compliance

OnBoard makes it simple to create, distribute, and organize meeting information — supporting your work to keep all stakeholders informed, happy, and engaged.

Service & Support That Are Always Here For You

You don’t have to go it alone. OnBoard’s world-class Support & Success teams have helped thousands of organizations in every industry to successfully transition to OnBoard. 

OnBoard Content Hub

Nonprofits and associations using OnBoard now have unlimited access to a collection of 7 licensed BoardSource resources that educate boards on a variety of nonprofit governance elements, offering valuable guidance to your entire board — at no additional cost.

Industry-First Innovations
Board Lifecycle Management

OnBoard is the most advanced board intelligence tool available. Delivering the industry’s first board lifecycle management technology to provide insights and visibility into your board allowing you to act on or build a plan that fits your organization’s strategic direction with confidence.

Skills Tracking

Quickly identify your board’s experience in specific areas and highlight gaps, then take action or build a recruiting plan that fits your organization’s strategic direction.

Roles & Terms Management

Real-time insights to improve recruiting and succession planning efforts — helping create a more intelligent and responsive board of directors.

Board Assessments

Empower boards to measure their performance against the organization’s goals. Leverage expert-built templates or your own.

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Vendor Comparison Worksheet

In this vendor analysis worksheet:

  • What features and capabilities to look for in a board software vendor
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  • How to think about a board software’s user experience
  • What to expect from a vendors support
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Expect more from your board management solution.

William B.
CEO | Utilities
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I have been impressed with OnBoard, I had hoped for something that was user friendly, more flexible for the various report files we upload, and lower cost than our past product. All of these were checked off the list.”

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Tersa C.
Chief Operations Officer | Banking
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We love how user friendly this product is. Whether you are an administrator or a user it is easy to navigate. We had tried board software in the past and we unsuccessful in transitioning the product but it was too difficult to use, so we were sceptical. OnBoard exceeded our expectations. Even our most “non-tech” members can use the product with ease

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Roberto P.
Director of Trusteeship & Executive Administration | Higher Education
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“I like that the app works on all systems (iphone/android/table/laptop/desktop) - I love that it has become a digital filing cabinet and we have almost done away with paper files. It's a marvel.”

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Jesse S.
Administrator | Banking
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“OnBoard is easy to use, and the company is constantly improving and updating its product to meet the clientele's needs. I especially appreciate how quickly they respond when you do have a question.”

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Scott O.
Senior Director | Small Business
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“OnBoard just makes board life much easier for board professionals. It’s Easy of use, before, during and after board meetings.”

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Lordi D.
Senior Exeuctive & Governance Administrator
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“Great customer service from day one, and I mean from the first sales/demo meeting we had with them. We were given a lot of support to successfully manage a trial. Our salesperson took the time to help figure out a process for us to incorporate our e-voting needs.”

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