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This third edition of the bestselling book for nonprofit board members and professionals offers a thoroughly revised and updated resource that answers the most-commonly asked question on board governance. The book covers such topics as board structure and process, board member recruitment and orientation, board-staff relations, and financial management. This new edition includes ...
This third edition of the bestselling book for nonprofit board members and professionals offers a thoroughly revised and updated resource that answers the most-commonly asked question on board governance. The book covers such topics as board structure and process, board member recruitment and orientation, board-staff relations, and financial management. This new edition includes updated information on topics that have recently increased in importance including new Form 990; dealing with the financial crisis, risk management, and mergers.
Offers insight gained from the BoardSource Governance Index Survey, hundreds of board self-assessments, and questions and challenges heard by BoardSource from thousands of nonprofit leaders.
Introduction: The World of Nonprofits.
PART ONE: BASIC BOARD FUNCTIONS.
1. What are the basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board?
2. What are the attributes of a high-performing board?
3. What is the board’s role and involvement in mission, vision, and values?
4. When should an organization consider revising its mission statement?
5. What is the board’s role in strategic planning?
6. What is the board’s role in fundraising?
7. What are the legal duties of a board member?
8. What is the board’s role in financial management?
9. What is the board’s role in organizational evaluation?
10. How should the board connect and communicate with constituents?
11. How does a board function as a team?
12. How does the board avoid the extremes of "rubber stamping" and micromanaging?
PART TWO: BOARD STRUCTURE.
13. What is the best size for our board?
14. How should we structure our board?
15. What types of board committees should we have?
16. How can our committees be most effective?
17. Does our board need an executive committee?
18. Should our board have advisory councils?
19. What is the role of the board chair?
20. What is the ideal relationship between the board chair and the chief executive?
21. What board officers should we have?
22. How should we select our board officers?
PART THREE: SELECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF BOARD MEMBERS.
23. How can we recruit active, involved board members?
24. What is the chief executive’s role in board recruitment?
25. How can a membership organization build an effective board?
26. How can our board become more diverse?
27. What does a prospective board member need to know?
28. What should we include in our board orientation?
29. Should members of the same family serve on the board?
30. Should constituents serve on the board?
31. What should we do about uninvolved board members?
32. Should we have term limits for board members?
33. How can we engage former board members and chief executives?
34. Should board members be compensated?
35. Should board members be evaluated periodically?
36. How can our board assess and improve its own performance?
PART FOUR: BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS.
37. Is a board legally required to hold open meetings?
38. How often and where should we meet?
39. How can we improve our meetings?
40. How is a retreat different from a board meeting?
41. Who should attend board meetings and what are their roles?
42. How should staff members participate in board and committee meetings?
43. What are the different ways boards make decisions?
44. What if a board member opposes a board decision?
45. How should board minutes be written, approved, and kept?
46. How can we use technology to improve board and committee meetings?
PART FIVE: THE BOARD’S ROLE AS A FIDUCIARY.
47. How does a board help ensure the organization’s long-term viability?
48. What does the board need to know about reserves and investments?
49. What is the board’s role in the budget?
50. What is the board’s role in the annual financial audit?
51. What should we do if the finances seem amiss?
52. What conflict-of-interest policies should we adopt?
53. How can we protect the organization-and ourselves-from lawsuits?
54. What is a Form 990?
55. Does every board member have to make a personal gift?
56. How can we generate revenue beyond fundraising?
57. How do we, as a nonprofit, operate a for-profit subsidiary?
58. What’s the best way to keep track of board policies?
PART SIX: BOARD-STAFF RELATIONS.
59. Why should a nonprofit organization designate a chief executive?
60. What is the board’s involvement in staff selection and management?
61. Should the chief executive have a vote on the board?
62. Should board members be hired as staff members?
63. How should we evaluate the chief executive?
64. How do we set fair compensation for the chief executive and the staff?
65. What is the chief executive’s role in improving the board?
66. What is the board’s role in relation to the staff?
67. How can the senior staff contribute to board effectiveness?
68. How can we facilitate the end of the chief executive’s employment?
69. What characteristics should we look for in a new chief executive?
70. How do we find a new chief executive?
PART SEVEN: ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE.
71. What is the typical lifecycle for a nonprofit organization?
72. How do we ensure that the organization thrives after the founders depart?
73. When should we enter into strategic alliances with other organizations?
74. When should we consider a merger or acquisition?
75. How can we expand the organization’s scope to the international level?
76. Should our charitable organization engage in lobbying?
77. How should we respond to an organizational emergency or controversy?
78. When should a nonprofit hire a consultant?
79. When should the board consider closing a nonprofit organization?
Posted December 10, 2012
This is a wonderful piece of reference for getting familiar with non profit boards. Short, simple pieces of information for many situations. A must for anyone getting into a board!! Gives suggestions at end of each "question" for the board chair and board. Well put together and easy to find information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.