Welcome to the Board: Your Guide to Effective Participation / Edition 1

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As board member or trustee often you receive little or no instruction as to your role and responsibilities. Your lack of knowledge can lead to misunderstandings, frustration, and ineffectiveness. Unfortunately, most of the publications on the topic are centered on the organization of boards rather than addressing the concerns of you the member. That is, until now.Welcome to the Board is the first book of its kind written with you, the board member, as the focus. If you are a prospective or an active board member, Fisher Howe's book provides you with expert guidance and basic nuts-and-bolts information about board membership. In easy-to-understand, jargon-free language the author answers the most common questions and concerns of prospective board members, outlines the key areas of responsibilities, and details the rights, obligations, and liabilities of nonprofit board members.Howe summarizes the key legal technicalities that you, as a board member, need to know. He details the seven key responsibilities of a nonprofit board member—including how to go about the process of approving the mission, assisting in long-range planning, participating in fundraising, and selecting and evaluating a chief executive. Additionally, Howe dispels the commonly believed notion that running a nonprofit organization is the same as running a business.Drawing on a lifetime of experience on nonprofit boards, the author describes how you, the individual board member, can become active in the various aspects of board governance—evaluating the board's composition, recruiting new members, appointing officers, and participating in meetings—to help your board achieve maximum effectiveness. And he outlines what you have the right to expect from the organization you are serving. The book also explores the leadership role each board member must assume if their organization is to excel. A useful resource section containing information that all board members should know is included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787900892
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/13/1995
  • Series: Jossey-Bass NonProfit Sector Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 634,432
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.15 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

FISHER HOWE is a former Foreign Service officer and a consultant for nonprofit organizations with LavAnder/Howe & Associates in Washington, D.C. He has served as assistant dean and executive director at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and director of institutional relations for Resources for the Future. Howe is the author of The Board Member's Guide to Fund Raising (Jossey-Bass, 1991).

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

The Author xix

Part I: Board Membership in Perspective 1

1 On Joining a Board 3

2 The Qualities of a Good Board Member 5

3 What You Should Know About the Law Governing Nonprofits 9

4 A Nonprofit is not a Business 13

Part II Board Member Responsibilities 21

5 Your Role as a Board Member 23

6 Attending Board Meetings 27

7 Defining the Mission and Strategic Planning 29

8 Choosing and Evaluating the Chief Executive 35

9 Assuring Financial Responsibility 41

10 Supporting and Overseeing Programs 47

11 Participating in Fundraising 51

12 Keeping the Board Effective 63

Part III: Board Members and Boards 67

13 Board Organization and Procedures 69

14 Rights, Obligations, and Liabilities of Board Members 77

15 Leadership: Every Board Member Has a Role 85

Resources 89

A A Donor Bill of Rights 91

B The Council of Better Business Bureaus’ Standards for Charitable Solicitations 93

C National Charities Information Bureau’s Standards in Philanthropy 101

References 111

Index 113

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