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Nonprofit Governance

The Why, What, and How of Nonprofit Boardship

This thorough volume offers up-to-date information and practical guidelines for board members and executives of nonprofit organizations large and small. Among the topics addressed are the historical roots of the voluntary sector in America, a complete discussion of the key responsibilities of nonprofit boards, suggestions for board organization, appropriate protocol for meetings, legal issues affecting nonprofit groups, and useful tools for self-assessment. This guide will be indispensable to the almost two million nonprofit organizations existing in the United States today.

285 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2009

Economics and Business: Business--Business Economics and Management Studies

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Table of Contents

Elmer J. Tropman... In Memoriam
A Note on Terminology
Part I: Context
Society and Community
1.    The Contemporary Nonprofit Board
2.    Theory and Principles of Nonprofit Governance
Part II: Closer Context
The Organization of "Nonprofits" and "For-Profits"
3.    Nonprofit and For-Profit Organizations: Differences and Similarities
4.    Governance-Related Problems in Contemporary Nonprofit Human Service Organizations
Part III: What to Do
Competencies: The Basic Responsibilities of Boards
5.    Embody and Enact Trusteeship of Civic Purpose
6.    Articulate Vision, Mission, and Goals
7.    Make and Oversee Policy
8.    Selection and Evaluation of the CEO
9.    Assure Financial Wellness and Integrity
10.  Introduce Strategic Planning, Change, and Entrepreneurship
Part IV: How to Do It
Competencies--Board Organization, Development, and Evaluation
11.  Establish Proper Board Organization
12.  Balancing Inward and Outward Focus
13.  Provide Board Training, Development Growth and Learning
14.  Perform Board Roles Appropriately
15.  Undertake Regular Assessment and Evaluation
Part V: How to Do It
The Board Meeting
16.  Making High-Quality Decisions
17.  Seven key Principles for Effective Board Meetings
18.  Ten Key Rules for Effective Board Meetings
19.  Three Key Roles for Effective Board Meetings
20.  Decision Management
21.  Toward a Better Board
Appendix 1
The New Climate for Nonprofit Boards
1.1  Legal Issues for Nonprofit Directors and Managers
Liability and Risk Management in Organizational Governance
   Tom Croxton, MSW, JD Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
Serving on a Charity’s Board: Legal and Ethical Issues in an Age of Accountability
   Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, JD Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Notre Dame
1.2  The Carver Model: Some Considerations, Tom Harvey
1.3  Mergers and Acquisitions, Tom Harvey
1.4  The Governance Principles
Appendix 2
Tools for Analysis and Use
2.1  MacMillan Matrix
2.2  Strategic Planning Process Guide Self-Assessment Questionnaire
2.3  Selected Web Resources
2.4  Simplified Rules for Parliamentary Procedure
Bibliography & References
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