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Summary of The Board Member's Book

This is the new third edition of this classic publication. The first and second editions of The Board Member's Book went through numerous reprintings to keep up with the determination of nonprofit leaders to deal more effectively with causes ranging from arts to literacy and from civil rights to peace.

This 3rd Edition carries forward and expands on that contribution with greater attention to the board chairperson's role, standards of board performance, and evaluation. There's a fascinating and valuable new checklist entitled "For Voluntary Organizations in Trouble—Or Don't Want to Be!"

Throughout the book, Brian O'Connell, founding President of INDEPENDENT SECTOR and esteemed nonprofit colleague by all who know him, provides the benefit of lessons learned over the course of 50 years dedicated to community service and nonprofit management.

Packed with inspiration, practical advice, and time-tested solutions to the problems board members face each day, the book also covers:

  • The different roles and responsibilities of board members, volunteers, and staff
  • Recruiting, encouraging, and evaluating the executive director
  • Effective strategies for fundraising
  • How to make the most out of meetings
  • Budgeting and financial accountability
  • Board and nonprofit ethics
  • Making volunteering rewarding
  • And much more.

Board members, volunteers, nonprofit executives, and staff — all will benefit from O'Connell's insights.

The Board Member's Book

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