Board overboard: laughs and lessons for all but the perfect nonprofit

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Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1996 - Business & Economics - 221 pages
If you think your board is a shambles, wait until you read about the board portrayed in Brian O'Connell's hilarious book.Brian O'Connell draws on forty years of camaraderie and affection to offer a hilarious spoof of the world of volunteer organizations. Presented in the form of one organization's board meetings' minutes, Board Overboard is a witty sendup of a world that is too seldom treated with humor.Mrs. Jeffrey (Effie) Black, the recording secretary and narrator of this lampoon, makes few editorial remarks in her note-taking, most often allowing her colleagues to incriminate themselves in their own words. Other board members include Rodney Russell, chairperson; Penelope Mitchell, vice-chairperson; Louella Buckminister; and the Reverend Bryant Horsinger. In his disclaimer, O'Connell says, "Any resemblance to any board or board member I have ever worked with is an unbelievable coincidence." You are sure to find some delightful resemblances, however, to people you know.This book is a perfect gift for all board members and nonprofit executives, who after reading it, will be glad they work with your organization, and not Brian O'Connell's.

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If you have ever served as a member of a Board of Trustees, particularly of a nonprofit or independent sector organization, this book is definitely for you. Told in the form of what are called the ... Read full review

Board overboard: laughs and lessons for all but the perfect nonprofit

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Anyone who has ever been on the board of a nonprofit organization will get a chuckle from this book. O'Connell, the founding president of Independent Sector, has spent decades attending board meetings ... Read full review


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BRIAN O'CONNELL is the founding president of INDEPENDENT SECTOR, the national alliance of nonprofits to encourage private philanthropy and voluntary action. He served previously as president of the National Council on Philanthropy and as executive director of the Coalition of National Voluntary Organizations. He is currently professor of public policy at Tufts University's Lincoln Filene Center.