"This book offers a refreshing and candid look at the challenges of nonprofit boards. It moves away from theoretical frameworks to take you inside the real world of nonprofit organizations. . . . A must for any executive director who needs reassurance that building effective boards is tough work, but well worth the effort." Sherry Rockey, Executive Director, International Women’s Media Foundation
"Maureen Robinson is uniquely qualified to help us understand the issues related to boards that are effective, those that are not, and why. It is certain that board members, potential board members, and executive directors who read this book will better understand their roles and responsibilities, and will be better able to avoid common pitfalls. As a result, the impact of their efforts on those whom their organizations exist to serve will be enhanced." Ron Burkard, Executive Director, World Neighbors
As more than 10 million people in the United States alone say yes to board service, they also expect to see their time and talents used effectively. This invaluable book presents a straightforward approach to understanding the role of the board, tailoring its work to meet the needs of specific organizations, and creating a culture of board productivity that makes participation rewarding for board members as well as the organizations they serve. Nonprofit Boards That Work:
- Distinguishes between theory and practice and encourages boards to explore how they genuinely add value to the work of the organization
- Goes beyond the hows and whys of nonprofit governance to provide frank advice and real–world examples of what works, what doesn’t, what requires a miracle, and what can be achieved through diligent and deliberate effort
- Offers practical yet flexible strategies that can be tried by any nonprofit board, whatever its current effectiveness
. . . and much more to guide nonprofit organizations and their boards toward accomplishing the goals they seek.
Assigning Value: Do Boards Matter?
Why One Size Won′t Fit All.
Defining the Role of the Board.
Boards That Work: The Structure of the Work.
Boards That Work: The Substance of the Work.
Building Productivity through Board Culture.
A Working Partnership: The Executive Director and the Board.
Saying Yes Twice: Engaging the Individual Board Member.
Fine–Tuning the Instrument.