Welcome to the Board: Your Guide to Effective Participation

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Wiley, Apr 13, 1995 - Business & Economics - 144 pages
In easy-to-understand language, Howe answers the most commonquestions and concerns of prospective board members, and detailstheir rights, obligations, and liabilities.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience on nonprofit boards, Howedetails the seven key responsibilities of a nonprofit boardmember--including how to go about the process of approving themission, long-range planning, fundraising, and selecting andevaluating a chief executive. Additionally, Howe explores theleadership role each board member must assume if their organizationis to excel.

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Contents

On Joining a Board
3
The Qualities of a Good Board Member
5
What You Should Know About the Law Governing Nonprofits
9
A Nonprofit Is Not a Business
13
Board Member Responsibilities
21
Your Role as a Board Member
23
Attending Board Meetings
27
Defining the Mission and Strategic Planning
29
Supporting and Overseeing Programs
47
Participating in Fundraising
51
Keeping the Board Effective
63
Board Organization and Procedures
69
Rights Obligations and Liabilities
77
Every Board Member Has a Role
85
A A Donor Bill of Rights
91
National Charities Information Bureaus
101

Choosing and Evaluating the Chief Executive
35
Assuring Financial Responsibility
41
References
111
Copyright

About the author (1995)

FISHER HOWE is a former Foreign Service officer and a consultantfor nonprofit organizations with LavAnder/Howe & Associates inWashington, D.C. He has served as assistant dean and executivedirector at the Johns Hopkins University School of AdvancedInternational Studies and director of institutional relations forResources for the Future. Howe is the author of The Board Member'sGuide to Fund Raising (Jossey-Bass, 1991).

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