The Art of Trusteeship: The Nonprofit Board Members Guide to Effective Governance / Edition 1by Candace Widmer, Susan Houchin
Pub. Date: 11/03/2000
Nonprofit organizations are astonishingly diverse. They include colleges and universities, churches, professional associations, symphonies, museums, healthcare organizations and social welfare agencies. No matter what their mission, all nonprofit organizations are governed in the same way. They are entrusted to the care and direction of a board of directors.The Art
Nonprofit organizations are astonishingly diverse. They include colleges and universities, churches, professional associations, symphonies, museums, healthcare organizations and social welfare agencies. No matter what their mission, all nonprofit organizations are governed in the same way. They are entrusted to the care and direction of a board of directors.The Art of Trusteeship is a practical and down-to-earth guide that helps nonprofit board members fulfill their critical responsibilities with both wisdom and grace. Authors Candace Widmer and Susan Houchin—experts in the field of board governance-have developed an approach to board leadership that is both user—friAndly and flexible. It can be used by trustees from any type of nonprofit organization, whatever its mission, membership, or size. This book provides the information board members need to do everything from craft a mission statement to assess the organization's and the board's success. Step-by-step, the authors show how to provide oversight of nonprofit organizations and, at the same time, focus on strategic issues. The Art of Trusteeship explores all aspects of the board's role in mission, money, and management and spells out the ten fundamental board responsibilities. Board members will learn how to:? Establish and monitor the organization's mission? Plan strategically to achieve the mission? Oversee the programs intAnded to accomplish the mission? Communicate the mission and programs to the outside world? Oversee the organization's finances? Develop funds? Ensure sound risk management? Hire, supervise, support and, when necessary, remove the CEO? Select and educate trustees? Manage and evaluate the board's workThe Art of Trusteeship provides board members with pragmatic advice for governing their organization. Learn the skills you need to lead your nonprofit organization"This book delivers what trustees direly need but rarely get: plainspoken, practical ad
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
Introduction: The Art of Trusteeship.
THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR MISSION.
Establishing the Organization's Mission.
Engaging in Strategic Planning.
Helping the Organization Communicate Effectively.
THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR MONEY.
Overseeing the Organization's Finances.
Ensuring Sound Risk Management Policies.
THE BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR MANAGEMENT.
Selecting and Supporting the Chief Executive Officer.
Selecting and Educating Trustees.
Managing the Work of the Board.
Conclusion: The Challenge of Trusteeship.
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