NonProfit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives / Edition 2

NonProfit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives / Edition 2

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by BoardSource
     
 

ISBN-10: 0787994618

ISBN-13: 2900787994616

Pub. Date: 07/27/2007

Publisher: Wiley

"Think for a moment of the best conversations you've had with friends and colleagues. You were honest with one another-not shy about speaking up but relaxed, even if the topic being discussed was serious in nature. That's the type of conversation The Nonprofit Board Answer Book aims to have with you in the pages that follow. It follows a question-and-answer format,…  See more details below

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"Think for a moment of the best conversations you've had with friends and colleagues. You were honest with one another-not shy about speaking up but relaxed, even if the topic being discussed was serious in nature. That's the type of conversation The Nonprofit Board Answer Book aims to have with you in the pages that follow. It follows a question-and-answer format, enabling you to quickly find an answer to a burning question you have right now. At the same time, it's easy to pick up and read straight through, either cover to cover or one section at a time.

At the end of each question-and-answer pairing you'll find suggested action steps. These offer ways to put the information to a practical use on your own board and within your own nonprofit organization. Implementing some of these steps may lead to more questions as you become even more committed to fulfilling your responsibilities as a board member. Remember: behind every good answer lies a good question. So keep asking those questions."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900787994616
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/27/2007
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
352

Table of Contents


About BoardSource     v
Introduction: The World of Nonprofits     xiii
Basic Board Functions     1
What are the basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board?     3
What are the attributes of a high-performing board?     6
What is the board's role and involvement in mission, vision, and values?     10
When should an organization consider revising its mission statement?     13
What is the board's role in strategic planning?     16
What is the board's role in fundraising?     21
What are the legal duties of a board member?     25
What is the board's role in financial management?     28
What is the board's role in organizational evaluation?     32
How should the board connect and communicate with constituents?     36
How does a board function as a team?     40
How does the board avoid the extremes of "rubber stamping" and micromanaging?     43
Board Structure     47
What is the best size for our board?     49
How should we structure our board?     52
What types of board committees should we have?     55
How can our committees be most effective?     58
Does our board need an executive committee?     62
Should ourboard have advisory councils?     66
What is the role of the board chair?     70
What is the ideal relationship between the board chair and the chief executive?     74
What board officers should we have?     80
How should we select our board officers?     83
Selection and Development of Board Members     87
How can we recruit active, involved board members?     89
What is the chief executive's role in board recruitment?     94
How can a membership organization build an effective board?     96
How can our board become more diverse?     99
What does a prospective board member need to know?     102
What should we include in our board orientation?     108
Should members of the same family serve on a board?     111
Should constituents serve on the board?     114
What should we do about uninvolved board members?     116
Should we have term limits for board members?     121
How can we engage former board members and chief executives?     124
Should board members be compensated?     127
Should board members be evaluated periodically?     131
How can our board assess and improve its own performance?     134
Board and Committee Meetings      139
Is a board legally required to hold open meetings?     141
How often and where should we meet?     143
How can we improve our meetings?     146
How is a retreat different from a board meeting?     152
Who should attend board meetings and what are their roles?     154
How should staff members participate in board and committee meetings?     157
What are the different ways boards make decisions?     161
What if a board member opposes a board decision?     164
How should board minutes be written, approved, and kept?     167
How can technology improve board and committee meetings?     170
The Board's Role as a Fiduciary     175
How does a board help ensure the organization's long-term viability?     177
What does the board need to know about reserves and investments?     181
What is the board's role in the budget?     186
What is the board's role in the annual financial audit?     189
What should we do if the finances seem amiss?     193
What conflict-of-interest policies should we adopt?     198
How can we protect the organization-and ourselves-from lawsuits?     203
What is a Form 990?     209
Does every board member have to make a personal gift?      211
How can we generate revenue beyond fundraising?     214
How do we, as a nonprofit, operate a for-profit subsidiary?     218
What's the best way to keep track of board policies?     224
Board-Staff Relations     229
Why should a nonprofit organization designate a chief executive?     231
What is the board's involvement in staff selection and management?     235
Should the chief executive have a vote on the board?     238
Should board members be hired as staff members?     240
How should we evaluate the chief executive?     242
How do we set fair compensation for the chief executive and the staff?     246
What is the chief executive's role in improving the board?     250
What is the board's role in relation to the staff?     254
How can the senior staff contribute to board effectiveness?     257
How can we facilitate the end of a chief executive's employment?     261
What characteristics should we look for in a new chief executive?     267
How do we find a new chief executive?     271
Organizational Change     277
What is the typical lifecycle for a nonprofit organization?     279
How do we ensure that the organization thrives after the founders depart?      283
When should we enter into strategic alliances with other organizations?     286
When should we consider a merger or acquisition?     289
How can we expand the organization's scope to an international level?     294
Should our charitable organization engage in lobbying?     299
How should we respond to an organizational emergency or controversy?     302
When should a nonprofit hire a consultant?     306
When should the board consider closing a nonprofit organization?     308
How does the board keep up with organizational change?     311
Conclusion     315
Index     319

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