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The Nonprofit Leadership Team: Building the Board-Executive Director Partnership

The Nonprofit Leadership Team: Building the Board-Executive Director Partnership

Fisher Howe

ISBN: 978-0-787-95950-0 November 2003 Jossey-Bass 224 Pages


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The Nonprofit Leadership Team is written for nonprofit executive directors and CEOs, senior staff, board members and nonprofit consultants. It focuses on the key leadership team— the board and its chair and the executive director— and shows how the consitituents can work in partnership to lead an effective, healthy organization.

In this important book, Fisher Howe, an expert on the topic of nonprofit leadership, covers every aspect of leading an organization as a team. He clearly shows what the board expects of the executive and what the executive expects of the board and the individual members, examines the working relationship among them, and demonstrates how the leadership team deals with specific responsibilities and challenges.

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Foreword ix
William H. Luers

Preface xiii

The Author xix

Part One: The Qualities of Shared Leadership 1

1. What a Board Expects of the Executive 3

2. What an Executive Expects of the Board 9

3. What Board Members and the Executive Expect of the Chair 13

4. The Importance and Challenges of Personal Relationships 17

Part Two: The Responsibilities of Shared Leadership 23

5. Hiring and Evaluating the Executives 29

6. The Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning 37

7. Program Direction, Oversight, and Support 43

8. Financial Management and Governance 51

9. Marketing, Promotion, and Public Relations 61

10. Fund Raising 65

11. Enhancing Board Effectiveness 81

12. Administrative Activities 97

Part Three: The Special Challenges of Shared Leadership 101

13. Program Evaluation 103

14. Information and Communication Technoligies 113

15. Exploring Different Governance and Management Concepts 127

16. Using Consultants 139

17. Special Challenges Facing the Leadership Team 147

18. Accountability 153

Conclusion 159

Resources 161

A. CompassPoint Board-Staff "Contract" for Financial Accountability 163

B. Committee on Trustees or Governance Committee: Sample Terms of Reference 169

C. Board Self-Assessment for Nonprofit Organizations: Some Guiding Principles 171

D. ePhilanthropy Code of Ethical Online Philanthropic Practices 173

E. BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charitable Accountability 177

References 185

Index 189

"This book is a quick read and would help a new Director and Board establish a healthy partnership." (Charity Channel, 5/17/2004)