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Welcome to the Board. Your Guide to Effective Participation

  • ID: 2215387
  • Book
  • March 1995
  • 144 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Welcome to the Board is the first book of its kind written with the board member as the focus. If you are a prospective or an active board member, Fisher Howe′s book provides you with expert guidance and basic nuts–and–bolts information about board membership. In easy–to–understand, jargon–free language, the author answers the most common questions and concerns of prospective board members, outlines the key areas of responsibilities, and details the rights, obligations, and liabilities of nonprofit board members.
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Foreword xi

Preface xiii

The Author xix

Part I: Board Membership in Perspective 1

1 On Joining a Board 3

2 The Qualities of a Good Board Member 5

3 What You Should Know About the Law Governing Nonprofits 9

4 A Nonprofit is not a Business 13

Part II Board Member Responsibilities 21

5 Your Role as a Board Member 23

6 Attending Board Meetings 27

7 Defining the Mission and Strategic Planning 29

8 Choosing and Evaluating the Chief Executive 35

9 Assuring Financial Responsibility 41

10 Supporting and Overseeing Programs 47

11 Participating in Fundraising 51

12 Keeping the Board Effective 63

Part III: Board Members and Boards 67

13 Board Organization and Procedures 69

14 Rights, Obligations, and Liabilities of Board Members 77

15 Leadership: Every Board Member Has a Role 85

Resources 89

A A Donor Bill of Rights 91

B The Council of Better Business Bureaus Standards for Charitable Solicitations 93

C National Charities Information Bureau s Standards in Philanthropy 101

References 111

Index 113

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Fisher Howe
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