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The High-Performance Board: Principles of Nonprofit Organization Governance


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The High-Performance Board: Principles of Nonprofit Organization Governance

Dennis D. Pointer, James E. Orlikoff

ISBN: 978-1-119-18791-2 August 2015 Jossey-Bass 208 Pages


While boards acknowledge they bear ultimate responsibility and accountability for their organizations' affairs, governance quality is often far from optimal. The High- Performance Board offers pragmatic and candid advice about what your board must do to maximize performance and contributions. The authors provide sixty-four principles designed to help your board achieve peak performance. They describe every principle in detail and present best practices and practical applications for each one. Each section of the book concludes with a board check-up-a set of questions that can be used to assess your board in light of the principles. A quick read for busy board members, this book is the ultimate board "drivers' manual."
Figures and Check-Ups.


About the Authors.

1. Governance Basics.

2. Obligations.

3. Functioning: Responsibilities.

4. Functioning: Roles.

5. Structure.

6. Composition.

7. Infrastructure.

8. Transforming Your Board.


A. The Sixty-Four Principles.

B. Illustrative Board Policies.

C. Sample Committee Charters.

D. Illustrative Board Chair Position Description.

E. Illustrative Governance Principles.

F. For Further Reading.

"What a terrific addition to the bookshelf for governing boards ofnonprofit organizations! It is clearly written, well organized, andhighly practical."
--Thomas P. Holland, professor and director, Institute forNonprofit Organizations University of Georgia School of Social Work

"I learned more about nonprofit governance from this book than Ihave serving on boards for fifteen years."
--Art Ulene, former NBC Today Show medical commentator anddirector, The Vitality Challenge

"Pointer and Orlikoff show how great boards can truly transformour institutions. This is an innovative guide for benchmarking andimproving governance."
--Marilyn Chapin Massey, president, Pitzer College, Claremont,California