Doing Good Even Better: How to Be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization

Overview

This book is practical, ready-to-go material for nonprofit board members who are stiffly new or wearily veteran. Author Edgar Stoesz, retired board chair of Habitat for Humanity, writes crisply from his wise and seasoned board experience.

The trusted handbook for nonprofit board service is back—newly revised and updated! Doing Good Even Better is approachable wisdom, fresh from the recently retired chair of Habitat for Humanity International. ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (39) from $1.99   
  • New (13) from $2.43   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

This book is practical, ready-to-go material for nonprofit board members who are stiffly new or wearily veteran. Author Edgar Stoesz, retired board chair of Habitat for Humanity, writes crisply from his wise and seasoned board experience.

The trusted handbook for nonprofit board service is back—newly revised and updated! Doing Good Even Better is approachable wisdom, fresh from the recently retired chair of Habitat for Humanity International. Edgar Stoesz (Stãyce) has made Doing Good Even Better a guidebook.

In short, pointedly-written chapters, Stoesz covers: Helping Directors Understand Their Governance Role A Plan to Fulfill the Purpose Reporting Back to the Members Planning Effective Meetings Great Boards Have a Good Fight (occasionally) Working Your Way Through a Crisis Great Boards Celebrate Leaving Right "Discussion/Action Questions" conclude many of the chapters. In addition, Stoesz offers a "Board Evaluation Form," a "Director's Self-Evaluation Form," and an Outline for the "Executive Director Annual Review."

Doing Good Even Better is practical, ready-to-go material for board members who are stiffly new or wearily veteran. Author Edgar Stoesz writes crisply from his wise and seasoned board experience.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561486014
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 531,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edgar Stoesz has spent most of his adult life in nonprofit organizations, both as director and employee. He was a staff member of Mennonite Central Committee for 33 years, seven of those as Associate Executive Secretary. He served as President-CEO of Mennonite Indemnity for 34 years. Stoesz spent six years on the board of Habitat for Humanity International, four of those years as Chair. And while in that position, he worked closely with former President Jimmy Carter. He is currently First Vice President of Hospital Albert Schweitzer (Haiti). Presently he also chairs the board of the American Leprosy mission. In his administrative responsibilities, he has visited more than 50 countries. He has contributed articles to many publications and addressed audiences on a variety of subjects related to his service. He is the author of Doing Good Better and Common Sense for Board Members, and the editor of Meditations for Meetings, all published by Good Books.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


Preface     7
Doing Good Even Better Begins with People     11
Organizational Greatness Begins with People     13
Growing Great Directors     17
Helping Directors Become Great Leaders     21
Making Room for Greatness     24
Helping Directors Understand Their Governance Role     29
Distinguishing Governance from Management     31
Defining the Purpose-Duty #1     35
Planning to Fulfill the Purpose-Duty #2     39
Delegating Responsibility for Plan Implementation-Duty #3     42
Resourcing the Plan-Duty #4     46
Monitoring and Evaluating-Duty #5     50
Reporting Back to the Members-Duty #6     54
Helping Boards Have Better Meetings     57
Meetings-Why Have Them?     59
A Strategic Agenda     63
Planning Effective Meetings     67
Whose Rules of Order?     71
Bad Habits Great Boards Overcome     74
The Role of the Chair     78
The Role of Recording     82
Great Boards Have A Good Fight (Occasionally)     86
Great Boards Evaluate Performance     91
Great Boards Evaluate Themselves     93
Great BoardsEvaluate Program     99
Great Boards Evaluate Their CEO     103
More Tools to Increase Board Effectiveness     109
Governing Through Policies     111
The Board's Role in Fund-Raising     117
The Budget-A Necessary Management Tool     121
Cautions about Committees     125
Committees-Getting More with Less     129
Managing Conflict Constructively     133
Working Your Way Through a Crisis     137
Smelling Salts for Discouraged Organizations     141
Under the Shadow of Litigation     145
Great Board Celebrate     149
Leaving Right     155
Afterword     157
Exhibits     159
Board Self-Evaluation: Board Responsibilities-The Full Scope     159
Board Self-Evaluation: Board Duties-How Well Are We Accomplishing Them?     163
Board Self-Evaluation: Board Meetings-Our Work Together     166
Director Self-Evaluation     169
Suggestions for Committees     171
Writing Effective Proposals for Board Action     173
CEO Annual Review Outline     176
CEO Search Checklist     180
Suggestions for Interviewing a Candidate for the CEO Position      183
Governance Guidelines: A Model for a Start-Up Organization     185
Thoughts for Reflection     188
About the Author     190
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)