The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance covers the topics that are of most importance to those charged with creating and sustaining effective leadership, including building a board; succession planning; policies; financial oversight; fundraising; planning; strategic planning processes; risk management; and evaluation of the board, CEO, and organization.
Praise for The Handbook of Nonprofit Governance
"This is the first book I've found that covers the topic of
governance from A to Z. I know what I'll be assigning the students
in my governance class as a textbook next semester!"
—Terrie Temkin, founding principal, CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc.
"BoardSource has prepared an exceptional resource for nonprofit
boards and leaders. This comprehensive volume offers timely and
relevant information about board work and governance, including
practical tools and resources that will be valuable to all types of
—David O. Renz, chair, department of public affairs; Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership; and director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership; University of Missouri, Kansas City
"If you are involved in nonprofit organizations, and if you ever
have doubts about how they are best run, this is the book for
you—and BoardSource is the place to turn."
—Fisher Howe, consultant, Lavender/Howe & Associates, and author, The Nonprofit Leadership Team
PART ONE: GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES, ROLES, AND STRUCTURE.
1 In the Spirit of Service: Introduction to the Nonprofi t World.
2 What Is Governance?
3 Governance Roles.
4 Governance Structure.
5 The Board–Chief Executive Relationship.
PART TWO: GOVERNANCE PRACTICES.
6 Building a Board.
7 Legal and Ethical Responsibilities.
8 Financial Oversight.
10 Strategic Thinking and Strategic Planning.
11 Communications and Outreach.
12 Succession Planning and Chief Executive Transition.
14 Bylaws and Policies.
15 Board Meetings.
16 Board Dynamics.
Appendix: Sample Policies for Nonprofi t Boards.
Board Member Fundraising.
Code of Ethics.
Confl ict of Interest.
Record Retention and Document Destruction.